|Eastman Johnson, 1872|
|Gettysburg Address, 1863|
|Atlantic salmon - Oya|
Back in New York, we recently paid a visit to the Museum of Art & Design (MAD) located on the south side of Columbus Circle (entrance at 2 Columbus Circle). By New York standards, MAD is a new, relatively small but unique museum that ought to be better known & more regularly frequented by New Yorkers & tourists alike. At the moment, there are four very interesting – very circumscribed – shows to attend to running on various floors of the 9-story edifice. We began with “The Art of Scent, 1889-2012” (on through February 24th), an exhibition my wife had been wanting to, well, inhale since it opened in late November.
|Birth of a scent - "Spicebomb"|
|Turquoise Panel - Shangri La|
|Daniel Brush -|
Blue Steel Gold Light
|Clifford Rainey - Glass & metal|
Just across Columbus Circle, veering northwest as you exit MAD, you will find, at 2 Warner Center (an upscale, mall-like tower), the elevator & entrance to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (a venue associated with Jazz at Lincoln Center). A commodious & pleasant space for jazz, with yet another impressive view out over mid-town Manhattan, Dizzy’s runs two shows nightly at 7:30 & 9:30 (plus a late-night show on Fridays at 11:30). Comfy seats in the broad bar area will cost you $35./person ($45. if you reserve a table) and the club offers an extensive New Orleans inflected menu, a good selection of draft & bottle beer, as well as wines-by-the-glass and all sorts of contemporary (trendy?) mixed drinks. All seats – at tables & bar area, alike – permit a direct & unobstructed view of the proceedings and easy proximity to the stage. And, on the night we ventured to Dizzy’s, just a week, or so, ago we found – and, of course we knew we’d find – the Grammy nominated Latino-flamenco, “post-bop” jazz pianist, Chano Domínguez, on stage with his quartet.
My wife had reserved our seats on this occasion as she had (weeks ago) been “blown away,” as they say, by the Chano Dominguez CD “Flamenco Sketches,” the Blue Note disk commissioned by the Barcelona Jazz Festival & recorded live at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan a couple of years ago (in 2009). The performance by Chano and his quartet at Dizzy’s was vibrant, rich, rhythmic & colorful, but the live CD is a truly dazzling piece of work – magnetically fusing flamenco music (culture & voice) with the signature Miles Davis period sound – all in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Kind of Blue” (also on Blue Note). Just for your reference, the 7-track Grammy-nominated CD contains all of the “Kind of Blue” tunes supplemented by two of Davis’s most popular compositions, “Nardis” (noteworthy owing to the original Bill Evans interpretation) and “Serpent’s Tooth” (a pre-“Kind-of-Blue” tune that was part of the Miles Davis 50s songbook).
(If the Chano Dominguez CD – and his “Flamenco Sketches” – fails to win the Best Latin Jazz Album at the upcoming 55th Grammy Awards ceremony, I’ve promised to, yep, eat my hat!)