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Monday, September 14th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Prelude and Fugue in A minor (BMV 543); Kris Verhelst (harpsichord), live, Belgium (Antwerp), 2016

 

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Sunday, September 13th

shout!

Sounds of Zion (United House of Prayer), live, published 2013

 

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Dusk of the year
Nightfalling leaves
More than we knew
Abounded on trees
We now see through

—Samuel Menashe (1925-2011), “Leavetaking”

Saturday, September 12th

alone

Sam Weinberg (tenor saxophone), live, New York, 9/8/20

#1

 

#2

 

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Friday, September 11th

It was, I recall, a cloudless morning in Chicago, as it was in New York. I had a hearing scheduled in federal court, but then, after the second plane hit, court was cancelled. We sat in front of the television, unable to turn away.

William Basinski (1958-), “Disintegration Loop 1.1,” 2001

 

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Photograph from September 11
by Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012, MCOTD Hall of Fame), translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak

They jumped from the burning floors—
one, two, a few more,
higher, lower.

The photograph halted them in life,
and now keeps them
above the earth toward the earth.

Each is still complete,
with a particular face
and blood well hidden.

There’s enough time
for hair to come loose,
for keys and coins
to fall from pockets.

They’re still within the air’s reach,
within the compass of places
that have just opened.

I can do only two things for them—
describe this flight
and not add a last line.

Thursday, September 10th

what’s new

George Lewis (1952-), String Quartet No. 1.5, “Experiments in Living” (2016); Spektral Quartet, 8/27/20

 

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this morning, Chicago

Wednesday, September 9th

what’s new

Eric Revis (bass) with Darius Jones (alto saxophone), Bill McHenry (tenor saxophone), Kris Davis (piano), Chad Taylor (drums), Justin Faulkner (drums), “Baby Renfro” (E. Revis), from Slipknots Through a Looking Glass (9/11/20), 8/13/20

 

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Tuesday, September 8th

what’s new

Trio Plex (Michael TA Thompson, drums; Cooper-Moore, piano; Ken Filiano, bass), live (studio), New York, 9/3/20

 

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Monday, September 7th

serendipity

This morning I stumbled upon this after encountering the phrase “the crowded air” in an Emily Dickinson poem (229 [Franklin], “Musicians wrestle everywhere –”) and googling it. The moment it ended, I wanted to hear it again.

Milton Babbitt (1916-2011), The Crowded Air (1988); Boston Modern Orchestra Project, 2013

 

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Sunday, September 6th

alone

Bessie Jones (1902-1984), “I’m A Rollin’, I’m A Rollin’ (Everybody’s A Rollin’ Stone),” 1961, New York (Alan Lomax’s apartment)

 

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to become a dewdrop
I bow
in prayer . . .

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue

Saturday, September 5th

soundtrack to a dream I’d love to have

Jon Hassell (1937-, trumpet), “Sketches of the Mediterranean” (with Paolo Fresu, trumpet, flugelhorn; Rick Cox, guitar; Kheir-Eddine M’Kachiche, violin; Peter Freeman, bass), live, France (Junas), 2013

 

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a knotwood-eating bug
likes what it likes . . .
evening dew

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue

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