Friday, February 22, 2008

Erik Satie- Gnossienne Lent


Jim, my first freshman roommate, insisted on playing music all night long. He hit the automated repeat button on my turntable so that the second side of Pretenders or the first side of Some Girls would play until morning. In spite of that nightmarish experience, I sometimes like to let a CD put me to sleep. This set of Erik Satie's piano music is ideal for that purpose. It's not a proper sedative. To the contrary, it's so fascinating that I can focus on its intricacies rather than allow myself to worry about work, knee pain or the barking dog next door.

Teo Macero died Tuesday. Not to take anything away from Mingus, Miles, Brubeck or Byrd, but it's probably no accident that Macero contributed to many of the greatest crossover albums in the history of jazz.

Kansas City Click: Jazz has its own version of Billy Ray Cyrus. Pianist and bandleader Michael Wolff sired the Naked Brothers. He plays tonight at the Blue Room.

In a symbolic changing of the guard, Snuff Jazz follows Ida McBeth at Jardine's on Saturday night.

Sunday brings an ideal pairing- Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys and the Westport Flea Market.

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