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Saturday, December 23rd

Tonight, at 1 a.m. (EST), one of the year’s great musical events begins: the annual Bach Festival—now in its 40th year—broadcast on WKCR-FM (Columbia University). All Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve. Hope, beauty, inspiration: they aren’t luxuries; they’re necessities.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Mass in B minor (excerpt, “Dona nobis pacem”); Berlin Philharmonic (Ton Koopman, cond.) with RIAS Chamber Choir (Justin Doyle, chorus master), live, Berlin, 10/28/17

 

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Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite No. 6 in D major; Mischa Maisky (cello), live

 

Thursday, March 9th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

William Parker’s In Order To Survive (WP, bass, composition; Hamid Drake, drums, MCOTD Hall of Fame;* Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto saxophone; Cooper-Moore, piano), “Criminals in the White House,” live, New York, 2013

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radio

Today—his birthday—it’s all Ornette Coleman all day on WKCR-FM (Columbia University).

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*With saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill; trumpeter Lester Bowie; gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates; composer Morton Feldman; poets John Berryman, William Bronk, and Wislawa Szymborska; and photographer Helen Levitt.

Saturday, December 31st

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita in A minor for Solo Flute; Sandra Miller (flute), live, New York, 2013


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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see 12/22/16 post): Day Nine (alas, the last).

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reading table

The only response
to a child’s grave is
to lie down before it and play dead

—Bill Knott (1940-2014)

Thursday, December 29th

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, excerpt (Sarabande); Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba


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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see 12/22/16 post): Day Seven.

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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Wednesday, December 28th

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Goldberg Variations (excerpt); Glenn Gould (1932-1982), piano, live (studio performance), 1981

 

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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see 12/22/16 post): Day Six.

Friday, December 23rd

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007), cello


If I had to list a dozen recordings I couldn’t live without, surely a set of Bach’s cello suites would be among them. I first heard them in the early ’70s, when I was in college—and I’ve been living with them ever since.

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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see yesterday’s post): Day One.

Thursday, December 22nd

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), violin


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radio

One of the year’s truly great musical events begins Friday at 1 a.m. (EST)—the annual Bach Festival on WKCR-FM (Columbia University). All Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve. If, after the last few months, you just can’t take any more clarity and light, you might want to skip it.

Monday, August 29th

Happy Birthday!

Charlie Parker (b. August 29, 1920) with Red Garland (piano), Bernie Griggs (bass), Roy Haynes (drums), “Moose the Mooche,” live, Boston, 1953


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Today it’s all Bird all day at WKCR-FM (Columbia University).

Wednesday, August 17th

passings

Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphonist, January 27, 1941-August 15, 2016

“Herzog” (R. Hutcherson), live, France (Antibes), 1969*


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musical thoughts

Speaking in recent years, Mr. Hutcherson was fond of citing a bit of insight from an old friend. “Eric Dolphy said music is like the wind,” he told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2012. “You don’t know where it came from, and you don’t know where it went. You can’t control it. All you can do is get inside the sphere of it and be swept away.”

—New York Times obituary, 8/17/16

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WKCR-FM (Columbia University) is featuring his music until 3 p.m. (EST).

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*With Harold Land (tenor saxophone), Stanley Cowell (piano), Reggie Johnson (bass), Joe Chambers (drums).

Friday, October 10th

Happy Birthday, Thelonious!

Thelonious Monk, October 10, 1917-February 17, 1982, pianist, composer, bandleader

Live (TV studio),* Paris, 1969


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musical thoughts

A note can be as big as a mountain, or small as a pin. It only depends on a musician’s imagination.

—Thelonious Monk (Robin D. G. Kelley, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original)

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WKCR-FM (Columbia University): all Monk, all day.

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*Set list:

1. Dreamland
2. Monk’s Mood (Version 1)
3. Thelonious
4. Reflections
5. Epistrophy
6. Round Midnight
7. Crepuscule With Nellie
8. Ugly Beauty
9. Monk’s Mood (Version 2)
10. Don’t Blame Me
11. Coming On The Hudson
12. Nice Work If You Can Get It

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