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Wednesday, January 20th

timeless

Bud Powell (1924-1966, piano) with Curly (aka Curley) Russell (bass), Max Roach (drums), “Un Poco Loco” (B. Powell), 1951

 

In the late 1980s, the renowned literary and cultural critic Harold Bloom included “Un Poco Loco” in his list of the most “sublime” works of twentieth-century American art (from his introduction to Modern Critical Interpretations: Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow).

—Wikipedia

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, January 19th

sounds of New York

Suffering from an excess of joy?

If so, you might want to pass on this.

Emmet Cohen Trio (EC, piano; Russell Hall, bass; Kyle Poole, drums) with guests Joe Farnsworth (drums), Julius Rodriguez (piano), Mathis Picard (piano), live (tribute to pianist Cedar Walton [1934-2013]), New York, last night

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, January 16th

sounds of New York

Cooper-Moore (piano), live, New York, 2018

 

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other day, Chicago

Thursday, January 14th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 31; Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997, piano), live, Moscow, 1991

 

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this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, January 9th

never enough

Andras Schiff (piano) playing (and discussing) Bach (Capriccio in B flat major [Capriccio on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother] BWV992; Sinfonia No. 5 in E flat BWV791; Sinfonia No. 9 in F minor BWV795; Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV903; Italian Concerto in F major BWV971; Ouvertüre nach französischer Art BWV831), live, London, yesterday

 

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other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Thursday, January 7th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor; Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997, piano), live, Moscow, 1975

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, January 4th

sounds of New York 

Why not begin the week with sounds, unheralded in their time, that have proven timeless?

Jazz Composers Collective* plays Herbie Nichols (1919-1963), live, New York, 2019

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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*Frank Kimbrough (piano), Ron Horton (trumpet), Michael Blake (tenor saxophone), Ben Allison (bass), Michael Sarin (drums).

Wednesday, December 30th

string quartet festival
day two

JACK Quartet (with Conrad Tao, piano), Library of Congress Virtual Event, 12/3/2020*

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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*Program:

1. Rodericus (fl. late 14th century)/Christopher Otto, Angelorum psalat (c. 1390s).

2. Elliott Carter (1908-2012), Duo for Violin and Piano (1973-4).

3. Tyshawn Sorey, Everything Changes, Nothing Changes (2018).

4. Ruth Crawford [Seeger] (1901-1953), String Quartet 1931 (1931).

5. Tyshawn Sorey, For Conrad Tao (2020).

6. Elliott Carter (1908-2012), String Quartet no. 3 (1971).

Saturday, December 26th

alone

Need more air?

Mitsuko Uchida (piano), live, London, 12/16/20: Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Piano Sonatas in C major (“Reliquie,” 3:40-) and G major (“Fantasy,” 42:00-)

 

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yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

Listening deeply,
sometimes—in another—you can hear
the sound of a hermit, sighing
as he climbs a mountain trail to reach
a waterfall
or a Buddhist nun reciting prayers
while moonlight falls through the window
onto an old clay floor,
and once in a while, a child
rolling a hoop through the alleyways of Tokyo,
laughing,
or a farmer pausing in a rice field to watch
geese fly,
the thoughts on his lips he doesn’t think to say.

—Dick Allen (1939-2017), “Listening Deeply”

Saturday, December 19th

sounds of Chicago

Mars Williams presents: An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4 (Night 1) (Mars Williams, tenor saxophone, toy instruments; Josh Berman, cornet; Jim Baker, piano, viola, ARP synthesizer; Krzysztof Pabian, bass; Brian Sandstrom, bass, guitar, trumpet; Steve Hunt, drums; Peter Maunu, violin), live (performance begins at 3:45), Chicago (Constellation), last night

 

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other day, Chicago

 

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Such a moon—
the thief
pauses to sing.

—Yosa Buson (1716-1784), translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto

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