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Saturday, May 27th

I could listen to these two—he’s long been one of my favorite pianists—all day.

Sara Serpa (1979-, vocal), Ran Blake (1935-, piano), “Night and Day” (C. Porter),
live, New York (Kitano), 2016


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lagniappe

reading table

He thought his head would explode, if the forenoon kept burning into the jungle all around him and the gulls kept screaming and the monkey kept regarding its surroundings carefully, moving its head and black eyes from side to side like someone following the progress of some kind of conversation, some kind of debate, some kind of struggle that the jungle—the morning—the moment—was having with itself.

—Denis Johnson (July 1, 1979-May 24, 2017), Tree of Smoke (National Book Award for Fiction, 2007)

Wednesday, May 24th

How can something so solid make sounds so liquid?

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Bunita Marcus (1985), excerpts; Marc-André Hamelin (piano), 2017


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Japanese white-eyes on a maple branch, 1854

Tuesday, May 23rd

never enough

Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums), live, Tokyo, 1963


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lagniappe

reading table

Men are children. They must be pardoned for everything, except malice.

—Joseph Joubert, 1754-1824 (The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert, translated from French by Paul Auster)

Thursday, May 11th

timeless

James P. Johnson (piano), Sidney DeParis (trumpet), Vic Dickenson (trombone), Ben Webster (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Shirley (guitar), John Simmons (bass), Sidney Catlett (drums), “After You’ve Gone” (T. Layton, M. Harris), 1944


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lagniappe

reading table

Your actual experience is a complete flux.

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

Tuesday, May 9th

more

A week ago I hadn’t heard of this guy—now I can’t get enough of him.

Enno Poppe (1969-), Trauben (“Grapes”), (2004); ATOS Trio,* live, Berlin, 2016


*Annette von Hehn, violin; Stefan Heinemeyer, cello; Thomas Hoppe, piano.

Monday, May 8th

sounds of consolation

Johann Sebastian Bach, Actus Tragicus (Sonatina), transcription by György Kurtág; Márta and György Kurtág (piano), live, Budapest, 2015


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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, May 6th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach, transcriptions by György Kurtág
Márta and György Kurtág (piano), live, Budapest, 2015


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lagniappe

reading table

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), talking about words
BBC radio broadcast, April 29, 1937

 

Wednesday, May 3rd

more

Paul Motian (drums, 1931-2011), Charlie Haden (bass, 1937-2014), Gerri Allen (piano, 1957-), “Lonely Woman” (O. Coleman), 1988

 

Tuesday, May 2nd

He’s one of a handful of pianists who keep me on the edge of my seat.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Ballades No. 1 (0:00-), No. 2 (8:41-), No. 3 (16:05-), No. 4 (23:08); Sviatoslav Richter (piano, 1915-1997), Prague, 1960

 

Monday, May 1st

two takes

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982), “Hackensack”

Anat Fort, live, Israel (Tel Aviv), 2015


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Thelonious Monk Quartet (TM, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Larry Gayle, bass; Ben Riley, drums), live (TV show), London, 1965

 

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