Is your Monday as bleary as mine? A tonic: go here to watch The Bad Plus rip through Babbitt’s “Semi-Simple Variations.” With dancing girls. Though I suspect the Broadway-connoisseur Babbitt would have liked a kick-line finale.


  1. I knew Babbitt 15 years ago as a regular customer in my store (Princeton Record Exchange — I used to set aside first pressing DG LPs for him), and as a fellow member of the NJ Composers’ Guild. One time we got on a long discussion of Rita Hayworth movies, partly because Charles Amirkhanian was talking about George Anthiel’s doings with Hedy Lamarr.<><>So … no, this video ain’t out of place at all.

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