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Saturday, February 20th

passings

Milford Graves, drummer (among other things),* August 20, 1941–February 12, 2021

Milford Graves HeArt Quintet (MG, drums, voice; Charles Gayle, tenor saxophone; Hugh Glover, alto saxophone; Ted Daniels, trumpet; William Parker, bass), live, New York, 2015

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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According to the New York Times obituary, Graves “was also a botanist, acupuncturist, martial artist, impresario, college professor, visual artist and student of the human heartbeat.”

Friday, February 19th

what’s new

Rick Ross, live (“Super High,” “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast),” “Aston Martin Music,” “I’m Not A Star,” “F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit,” “Tears of Joy”), Miami, published 2/16/21

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Thursday, February 18th

alone

Helene Vogelsinger (electronics), “Cognitive Dissonance,” published 12/4/19

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, February 17th

two takes

“Evidence” (T. Monk)

Joel Ross Quartet (JR, vibraphone; Immanuel Wilkins, alto saxophone; Rashaan Carter, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums), live, New York, 1/17/21

 

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

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), Boy and Dog in Johnnypump, 1982 (detail)

Tuesday, February 16th

sounds of Paris

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), And then I knew ’twas Wind (1992); Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2017

 

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this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Like Rain it sounded till it curved
And then we knew “twas Wind –
It walked as wet as any Wave
But swept as dry as Sand –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 276 (Franklin)

Monday, February 15th

Why not begin the week with one of the most beautiful—and moving—pieces I know?

Morton Feldman (1927-1986, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Rothko Chapel (1971); Markus Creed (cond.), SWR Vokalensemble (Vocal Ensemble), et al., live, Germany (Cathedral of Speyer, Schwetzinger), 2017

 

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Mark Rothko (1903-1970), No. 2 (Blue, Red and Green) (Yellow, Red, Blue on Blue), 1953 (detail)

Sunday, February 14th

more

Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945), “Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed” (trad.), 1928

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

Mingling with the wind
the snow comes falling;
mingling with the snow
the wind comes blowing;
by banked coals
I stretch my legs,
idle, idle,
in this grass hut
a shut-in,
and counting, find
that the second month too
like a dream
has come and gone

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

Saturday, February 13th

timeless

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), Five Pieces for Orchestra (1909, revised 1949); Vienna Philharmonic (Bernard Haitink, cond.), live, Tokyo, 1997

 

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), City Landscape, 1955 (detail)

Friday, February 12th

what’s new

Melanie Charles, live (“Damballa Wedo,” “Deep River,” “The Dilemma”), New York,  published 2/4/21

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, February 11th

sounds of Paris

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Ionisation (1931); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Susanna Mälkki, direction), live, Paris, 2012

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

In the mountain’s shadow
my grass hut’s
so cold
I’ll be up burning firewood
all night long

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

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