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Thursday, January 13th

sounds of New York

Kidd Jordan (1935-, tenor saxophone) with Joel Futterman (1946-, piano), William Parker (1952-, bass), Hamid Drake (1955-, drums [MCOTD Hall of Fame]), live (tribute to drummer Alvin Fielder [1935-2019]), New York, 2019

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Thursday, January 6th

voices I miss

Betty Carter (1929-1998, vocals), with Benny Green (piano), Winard Harper (drums), Michael Bowie (bass), live, Leverkusen (Germany), 1986

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Thursday, December 30th

spellbinding

Daniil Trifonov (1991-, piano), live, Verbier (Switzerland), 2012: Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849), Eight Études (Op. 10, No. 11; Op. 10, No. 6; Op. 25, No. 1; Op. 25, No. 5; Op. 10, No. 5; Op. 25, No. 6; Op. 25, No. 7; Op. 25, No. 11)

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reading table

Look, look greedily,
when dusk approaches,
look insatiably,
look without fear.

—Adam Zagajewski (1945–2021), from “Mountains” (translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh)

Tuesday, December 14th

timeless

John Cage (1912-1992), Six Melodies (1950); Ensemble Musikfabrik (Hannah Weirich, violin; Ulrich Löffler, piano), live, Cologne (Germany), 2020

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Tuesday, December 7th

sounds of New York

Francisco Mela (drums), William Parker (bass), Cooper Moore (piano), live, New York, 2/22/20

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The world today
is slowcore,
a rhythm section
dragging.

—Peter Gizzi, from “Field Recordings” (Archeophonics, 2016)

Thursday, December 2nd

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, excerpt (third movt.); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live, Japan, 1993

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musical thoughts

[M]usic is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

—Ludwig van Beethoven (J. W. N. Sullivan, Beethoven: His Spiritual Development, p. 3 [1927])

Monday, November 29th

like nobody else

Ran Blake (1935-, piano), “Both Sides Now” (J. Mitchell), live, 2021

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Saturday, November 27th

Three minutes of magic.

Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000, piano), live: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Air on the G String (adapted from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, 2nd Mvt.)

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Autumn advances
and I become
a bit sad
closing the gate
to my hut.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from the Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Thursday, November 25th

more

Glenn Gould (1932-1982, piano), New York, 1981: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Goldberg Variations (excerpt)

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Wednesday, November 24th

more

Leroy Jenkins (1932-2007, violin) with Cecil Taylor Unit (CT, 1929-2018, piano, compositions; LJ, violin; John Carter, clarinet; Roberto Miranda, bass; Andrew Cyrille, drums), live, Austria (Nickelsdorf), 1987

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