Rafi Zabor’s Updoc for Fri., Feb. 8 & Tues. Feb. 12

Yes I know it was only three weeks ago that I split-screened Stravinsky and Cecil Taylor, but this week along came Wayne Shorter’s new album—to be featured on this week’s Updoc, Friday at 8PM and again at noon next Tuesday, Russo-Brooklyn time—and gave me even better reasons for pasting Igor in again. I do see a relationship between the two composers, on Wayne’s side not from his Miles or Messenger days but definitely from Weather Report on, with a sort of blocky, geometric, strong and broadshouldered sense of rhythmic melody . . . ya think? Listen in and decide for yourself, to about half of Wayne’s CD “Without Annette,” a surprising tribute to Frankie Avalon, I think, while Igor brings along a clown and a god for company: Petrouchka and Apollo. The Robert Craft/LSO performance of Apollo is a thing of extraordinary grace: in the Sacre, Stravinsky wrote the most Dionysian piece in the repertoire, and this is a most Apollonian Apollo. Bring your own beach blanket, and caviar if you have some.

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