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Saturday, November 14, 2015

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or, Something awful has happened in Paris

I was on my way to hear John Zorn's Simulacrum at the Institute for Contemporary Art, when I spotted a TV through a window reporting last night's terrorist attacks in Paris. Having an hour or so to spend in one of my least favorite parts of Boston (partly because of it's lack of casual dining), I found myself in a doughnut shop reading news reports, being particularly sickened by the massacre at the music venue, not just because I was on my way to one myself, but because an abundance of live music is one of the pleasures of big city living.

Reading that last sentence back made it seem a bit self-indulgent (please Mr. Terrorist, don't kill me. I'm just here for the good vibes), but music brings together people and peoples, it's a way we can live among each other but also any way to present and experience our (personally and culturally) unique points of view.  If that sentiment (and the inclusion of "Give peace a chance") makes me to be a naive, pie in the sky optimist, so be it. I'd rather be that than a raving, violent lunatic forcing the world to be just like me. Even though I often end up feeling like the later when trying to be the former.

(And even that seems self-indulgent considering the many who are now dead, and the pain and sorrow of their loved ones, which I certainly don't mean to diminish, and who have my deepest sympathy.) 

But I know this will only extend the cycle of violence that I, as an American, am participating in anyway,  (as in earlier news of the week) whether I like it or not (and I don't). As Charles P. Pierce from the Esquire Politics Blog puts it - 
The body count will climb. The retribution will be swift and harsh, as will the inevitable reaction, and as will the retribution for the reaction. [...] Something awful has happened in Paris. Out of it will be born something awful in the collective mind and the collective heart and the collective soul. I wish I weren't so sure of this...
So for the time being, let's put that behind us and have some music, some of which is a testament to the greatness of the city of Paris, which has for centuries held a special place in imaginations, the collective mind, heart , and soul of persons all over the world, which we will not allow to taken from us. We will always have Paris.

artist song album comment label / date
Jonathan Richman Give Paris one more chance Jonathan Sings! special guest 1st part of theme Sire
Naked City Inside Straight Naked City 2nd part of theme Nonesuch
Donald Byrd Hank's Other Tune (aka The Late Show) The Transition Sessions Donald Byrd (trp) Hank Mobley (ts, tune) Horace Silver (p) Doug Watkins (b) Art Blakey (d)
Recorded in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass on December 2, 1955.
Originally issued as Byrd's Eye View
Blue Note
Bud Powell Parisian Thoroughfare The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 Bud Powell (p) Curley Russell (b) Max Roach (d) Blue Note
Herman Chittison My Old Flame Masters of Classic Jazz: The Piano song by Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston Soundies
Wayne Horvitz This New Generation This New Generation music behind DJ Nonesuch
Deerhoof No one asked to dance Deerhoof vs. Evil John Dieterich, Ed Rodriguez (g) Satomi Matsuzaki (voc, b) Greg Saunier (d) Polyvinyl
Clusone Trio Love Henry Love Henry Michael Moore (as, mld) Ernst Reijseger (vc) Han Bennink (d, prc)
Recorded live at the 27th German Jazz Festival, Frankfurt, July 13, 1996, traditional arr. Michael Moore
Kim Koschka The Terminal Beach (Permutazione for Chamber Ensemble) Bella Maniera all instruments by Kim Koschka, Jim Goetsch (voc) 2000
The Maya Beiser / Steven Schick Project Gada Yina African Caught by the Sky with Wire Maya Beiser (vc) Steven Schick (prc)
oo discs
Christina Åstrand / Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard Helle Nacht: Violin Concerto - IV: Poco allegro Ligeti/Nørgård Violin Concertos composition by Per Nørgård Chandos
Spaceheads Trip to the Moon Trip to the Moon EP music behind DJ Electric Brass
Louis Armstrong Give peace a chance Louis Armstrong and His Friends song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney RCA
Casiokids En Vill Hest (Prins Thomas Remix) [edit] Topp stemning på lokal bar music behind DJ Polyvinyl
DKV and Gustafsson/Pupillo/Nilssen-Love All out [excerpt] SCHL8HOF Ken Vandermark (clt, ts) Mats Gustafsson (ts, bs) Kent Kessler (b) Massimo Pupillo (electric b) Hamid Drake, Paal Nilssen-Love (d)
recorded live at Schlachthof Wels, Austria in 2011
trost records
Ran Blake Paris Ghost Tones Ran Blake (p) A-side Records 2010
Philip Glass Ensemble Einstein on the Beach - Act I, scene 2: Trial - Paris Einstein on the Beach Samuel M. Johnson (voc) Michael Riesman (org)
music by Philip Glass, text by Samuel M. Johnson
The Robins I Love Paris There's a riot goin' on - The Coasters on ATCO the original incarnation of the Coasters
song by Cole Porter
Souvenirs de Django Reinhardt Swing de Paris Souvenirs de Django Reinhardt, Vol. 1 Django Reinhardt (g) Gerard Leveque (cl) Eugene Vees (g) Emmanuel Soudieux (b) Andre Jourdan (d)
song by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli
Jazz Classics
Arturo Benedetti Michelangelli Préludes, Book 1 - 5. Les collines d'Anacapri Claude Debussy: Préludes - Vol. 1 – Images music by Claude Debussy
Deutsche Grammophon
Wayne Shorter Aung San Suu Kyi Footprints Live! Wayne Shorter (ss) Danilo Pérez (p) John Patitucci (b) Brian Blade (d) Verve
Naked City The Sicilian Clan Naked City music behind DJ Nonesuch
Les Djinns Nadia (Instrumental) 1970's Algerian Folk and Pop

Sublime Frequencies
tUnE-yArDs Left Behind Nikki Nack Merrill Garbus (voc, d, pads, uke, d prog) Nate Brenner (syn, prc) Thao Nguyen (voc, g) Lalin St. Juste, Michelle Alexander)
song by Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner
includes a sample of “Travels with Charlie” by Bill Garbus
The Section Lucky Strung Out on OK Computer - The String Quartet Tribute to Radiohead music behind DJ Vitamin
Kenny Kirkland Celia Kenny Kirkland Kenny Kirkland (p, syn) Don Alais (prc)
tune by Bud Powell

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