This morning, I was looking for an album to play. I came up with Duo, which brought back fond memories.

It was 1999, I was new in town, and Charlie Hunter & Leon Parker had string of shows at Joe’s Pub to support Duo. Hunter’s guitar work always blows me away and Parker is an excellent match for him on stage. He used every inch of his modest drum kit for his part of the rhythm section.

Charlie Hunter and Leon Parker Circa 1999

I caught at least three of those shows. At each one, they brought a friend or two up at some point. The only one I remember is David Sanchez who sat in for Recess one night. There’s nothing like seeing masters like this live, in an intimate setting like Joe’s Pub. It will be wonderful when we can all go out and see live music again.

Album image from Amazon.

Photo of Charlie and Leon from Dummer World, unfortunately not at Joe’s Pub. The shows predated 2007 or so. Since then, seemingly every moment of every event is photographed and available online–sometimes to the dismay of others in the audience.

“yes” is the answer to the title of Gabrielle Hamilton’s recent feature in the Times: My Restaurant Was My Life for 20 Years. Does the World Need It Anymore? In it, she gives a heart-wrenching account of what it takes–emotionally, physically, financially–to put a business on “pause” suddenly.

I sincerely hope to have the good fortune of dining at Prune again.

On a lighter note, I wholeheartedly agree with her thoughts on brunch.

Philip Montgomery for The New York Times