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Tuesday, December 11th

voices I miss

This drummer never fails to lift my spirits.

Ed Blackwell (drums, 1929-1992) with Mal Waldron (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone), Woody Shaw (flugelhorn), Reggie Workman (bass), “The Git Go” (M. Waldron), live, New York (Village Vanguard), 1985

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Thursday, December 6th

Every now and then I hear something and wonder: Where has this been all my life?

Ivan Wyschnegradsky (1893-1979), 24 Preludes in quarter-tone system (excerpts), 1934/1970

 

Wednesday, November 14th

voices I miss

No matter what kind of day you’re having, this will make it better.

Von Freeman (1923-2012, tenor saxophone, MCOTD Hall of Fame), with John Young (1922-2008, piano), et al., live (radio broadcast), late 1970s

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park

Monday, November 12th

more

Tyshawn Sorey Double Trio (TS, composition, conducting, drums; Cory Smythe, piano; Chris Tordini, bass; Fung Chern Hwei, violin; Kyle Amburst, viola; Rubin Kodheli, cello), “The Inner Spectrum of Variables” (T. Sorey), live, Ojai, Calif., 2017

 

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lagniappe

art beat

other day, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

Nicolas de Jesus (1960-), La ofrenda (The Offering), 2009 (Día de Muertos: A Spiritual Legacy, through December 9th)

Saturday, November 10th

Here’s more of the only drummer-composer-trombonist-pianist-professor-MacArthur-“genius”-grant-recipient I know.

Tyshawn Sorey (drums) and Vijay Iyer (piano), live (studio), New York, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, November 6th

spellbinding

Tyshawn Sorey Trio (TS, compositions, drums [2017 MacArthur Fellow]), Cory Smythe (piano), Chris Tordini (bass), live, New York, 2015

This I could listen to—I could lose myself in—for a long, long time.

 

They’re playing Thursday night at the University of Chicago.

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, November 1st

what’s new

Aruan Ortiz (piano), Melanie Dyer (viola), Michael Attias (alto saxophone), live, New York, 10/8/18

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, October 31st

What a relief, in a world crazy noisy, to be able to inhabit this sound-world, if only briefly.

Philip Glass (1937-), “Mad Rush” (P. Glass, 1979), live, Montreal, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, October 30th

more

Arvo Pärt (1935-), Fratres (1977); Stéphane Tétreault (cello), Charles Richard-Hamelin (piano), live (studio), Montreal, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Brook, Ill. (Dean Nature Sanctuary)

Monday, October 29th

Why not begin the week with something slow and simple, something quiet?

Arvo Pärt (1935-), Spiegel im Spiegel (1978); Leonhard Roczek (cello), Herbert Schuch (piano), live, Austria (Salzburg), 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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