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Wednesday, March 24th

sounds of New York

Jon Irabagon and Outright! (JI, [soprano saxophone, compositions], Ray Anderson [trombone], Matt Mitchell [piano], Chris Lightcap [bass], Dan Weiss [drums]), “Recharge the Blade,” live, New York, 3/22/21



random sights

other day, Chicago

Saturday, February 2nd

what’s new

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux (QN, tenor saxophone, composition; David Binney, alto saxophone; Matt Mitchell, piano, keyboards, modular synthesizer; Nat Wood, drums; with guest Jason Barnsely, 1924 Kimball theatre organ), “Bounce,” video by Lee Hutzulak, 1/14/19




random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, January 16th

what’s new

Tim Berne (alto saxophone), Matt Mitchell (piano), Dave King (drums), live, New York, 1/7/19




reading table

in my thatched hut
even dreaming
the cold

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

Tuesday, January 3rd

sounds of New York

This guy’s one of my favorite alto players and composers.

Tim Berne’s Almost Human (TB, alto saxophone, composition; Matt Mitchell, piano; Dan Weiss, drums), live, New York, 12/14/16




Tuesday, December 29th

This guy takes me places no one else does.

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil (TB, alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega, clarinet; Matt Mitchell, piano; Ches Smith, drums, vibraphone), “Small World in a Small Town” (T. Berne), live, Brazil (Sao Paulo), 2015



art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

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


Saturday, May 9th

tonight in Chicago

These guys will be at Constellation, as will I.

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil (TB, alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega, clarinet, bass clarinet; Matt Mitchell, piano; Ches Smith, drums, vibes, conga), “Lost in Redding,” live, Buenos Aires, 2015




art beat

Bruce Davidson (1933-), Palisades, New Jersey, 1958

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Wednesday, December 3rd

sounds of New York (day two)

Here, as in the city itself, density and spaciousness coexist.

Tim Berne’s Cornered,* “Embraceable Me,” live, New York, 10/12/14

*TB, alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega, clarinets; Ryan Ferreira, guitar; Matt Mitchell, piano; Michael Formanek, bass; Ches Smith, drums, vibraphone.

Saturday, December 14th

two takes

This is, to these ears, exhilarating.

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil,* “Cornered (Duck)”

Live, New York (The Stone), 5/8/13


Live, Washington, D.C (Atlas Performing Arts Center), 10/9/13



musical thoughts

Music should be no more complex than it needs to be. And no matter how complicated it may actually be, it should never seem that way to the listener. If it does, immediacy has deteriorated into abstraction.


*TB, alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega, bass clarinet, clarinet; Matt Mitchell, piano; Ches Smith, percussion.

Saturday, 11/3/12

It must have been a comfort, when she was dying, to be able to say to her son, whose trumpet she’d heard since he was a little boy, these are the songs I want you to play at my memorial service.

Dave Douglas  Quintet* with guest Aoife O’Donovan (vocal), “Be Still My Soul” (words by Ka­tha­ri­na A. von Schle­gel, adapted by Aoife O’Donovan, music by Jean Si­bel­ius, arranged by Dave Douglas), recording session (Be Still, 2012)

*DD, trumpet; Jon Irabagon, saxophone; Matt Mitchell, piano; Linda Oh, bass; Rudy Royston, drums.

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