Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 1/31 & Tuesday 2/4

Updoc was glad to hear that Terry Lyne Carrington won a Grammy, at that strange and unpredictable event, for her variations on the Ellington-Mingus-Roach classic Money Jungle, not only because a Grammy will likely help her get through the undergrowth, but for purely musical reasons too; so the show—Friday 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Wall Street time—toggles back and forth between the original and the tribute, with stops en route for Blue Mitchell, François Couperin, Jason Marsalis, Jane Ira Bloom . . . Continuing last week’s tribute to Claudio Abbado, his irresistible conduction of Schumann’s Second Symphony is also on board and, in recognition of the Arctic Effing Vortex, Robert Spano and the Altlanta Orchestra beat the traffic freeze to deliver a really notable performance of Jean Sibelius’s late evocation of the northern Finnish forests, Tapiola. That is not a pudding, but it’s a fine accompaniment to the big chill, which is easing off a bit here in NYC and I hope chez vous too.Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 11.05.59 AM

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