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005: Glenn Gould, Toccata in Cm (J.S. Bach)

Performing artist too often walk through the score/play the notes/read the lines—rather than bringing to life what lies beneath. And it all goes right past my ear. The alternative is 100%, full-time, total engagément. Play no note, speak no line, dance no step, until you understand why it has to be. That kind of intensity is crazy, and it’s what I love in Glenn Gould’s performance of Bach’s Toccatas.

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003: Garcia/Grisman, ‘So What’

Chief Deadhead Jerry Garcia and Reb David Grisman merrily plucking their newgrass cover of Miles.

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001: Mint Juleps, ‘Don’t Let Your Heart’

A cappella soul from a British chick group.

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SoTW 27: Lennie Tristano, ‘Wow’

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Lennie Tristano. I’m probably not going too far out on a limb if I assume that very few of you have ever heard of him. Chicago pianist, blind from birth, 1919-1978. Moved to NYC 1946, at the height of the bebop’s popularity. Made a few recordings. Made friends and enemies with […]

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