Saturday, September 01, 2007


My friend Jean went to a jazz performance in Eugene that featured one of her favorites, Dick Hyman. On the way out she found herself standing next to Hyman and asked him, after many apologies, about Ralph Sutton who died in 2001. There was something about him. Hyman said he completely understood. Ralph Sutton had a special obsession with rhythm.

Jean said that in classical music she thought Daniel Barenboim also had this, and asked me if I could think of anyone else.

Yes. Cecilia Bartoli. That's why she has to be in charge of her own performances, because the rhythm must be exactly as she imagines. Jean thought this might be true.

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