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Saturday, December 3rd

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Fantasia in D minor (K. 397): Kristian Bezuidenhout (1979-, fortepiano), live, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2013

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Music avoids impossibility.

—Louis Zukofsky (1904-78), from Anew (#2)

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Wednesday, November 16th

sounds of New York

Sylvie Courvoisier Chimeara (SC, piano, compositions; Nate Wooley, trumpet; Christian Fennesz, guitar, electronics; Drew Gress, bass; Kenny Wollesen, drums, vibraphone), live (performance begins at 19:00), New York, last night

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A bird is organized so that it is unnecessary
to assume an immeasurable substance
inside its body that remains after its death.

—Nachoem M. Wijnberg (1961-), from “Analysis and Organization” (translated from the Dutch by David Colmer)

(Taking a break.)

Monday, November 7th

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Sonata in B-flat major (K. 570): Peter Serkin (1947-2020, piano), live, New Jersey (Ridgewood), 2017

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art beat: other day, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

Eric Romero, Año de los Muertos (Year of the Dead), 2020 (Dia de Muertos: Memories & Offerings, through 12/11/22)

Saturday, November 5th

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Adagio in B minor (K. 540): Peter Serkin (1947-2020, piano), live, New Jersey (Ridgewood), 2017

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art beat: yesterday, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

Claudia Alvarez, Dia de los Inocentes (Holy Innocents Day), 2010, detail (Dia de Muertos: Memories & Offerings, through 12/11/22)

Tuesday, November 1st

timeless

Woody Shaw Quintet (Woody Shaw [1944-89], trumpet, et al.), “To Kill a Brick” (W. Shaw), live, Monterey Jazz Festival (California), 1979

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, October 17th

timeless

Les McCann (1935-, piano, vocals) and Eddie Harris (1934-1996, tenor saxophone), “Compared to What” (G. McDaniels), live, Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), 1969

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other day, Chicago

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If you want to rob a bank, it really is best to start with a small one because then you might remember what you wanted to say once you’re inside.

—Nachoem M. Wijnberg (1961-), from “Can You Ask Your Banker, or Another Banker Who’s Still Awake, to Quickly Get Some Cheap Money, but a Great Deal, Not a Little?” (translated from the Dutch by David Colmer)

Thursday, October 13th

timeless

John Coltrane Quartet (JC [1926-67], tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner [1938-2020], piano; Jimmy Garrison [1934-76], bass; Elvin Jones [1927-2004], drums), live (performance begins at 6:45), New York (Half Note), 1965

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, October 10th

like nothing else

“Old Man Dancing” (Carla Bley, 1936-): Chet Doxas (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Carla Bley (piano), Karen Mantler (keyboard), Steve Swallow (bass), 2020

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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This is the point in prefaces where I customarily say something nice about my wife. This time, however, I can’t think of anything that even comes anywhere near doing her justice. Her name is Susan Patek Booth.

Berkeley, California
May 3, 1997

—Stephen Booth (1933-2020), from Precious Nonsense: The Gettysburg Address, Ben Jonson’s Epitaphs on His Children, and Twelfth Night (1998)

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radio

Today, Thelonious Monk’s birthday, it’s all Monk, all day at WKCR (Columbia University).

Saturday, October 8th

timeless

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Crippled Symmetry (1983); Ives Ensemble (Rik Andriessen, flute, bass flute; Arnold Marinissen, vibraphone, glockenspiel; John Snijders, piano, celesta), live, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2008

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yesterday, Chicago

Thursday, October 6th

timeless

This clip, which I bumped into the other day, may be the best I have ever seen of an artist whose music means as much to me as anyone’s.

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982, piano, compositions) with Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone), Butch Warren (b), Frankie Dunlop (drums), live (TV show: “Evidence,” “Blue Monk,” Just a Gigolo” [L. Casucci, J. Brammer, I. Caesar], “Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues,” “Epistrophy”), Tokyo (Japan), 1963

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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