The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

They Were Collaborators #279


Tommy Potter, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane hit the high notes at Birdland circa 1949.

6 comments :

PWC said...

Posthumous Charlie Parker appearance?

swac said...

D'oh. I took the date off the photo ... should'a known better.

Probably more like 1946, after JC got out of the army and joined Dizzy's band.

swac said...

A little more research shows that Tommy Potter was in Parker's combo from 1947-50, so that narrows it down a little.

Chuck V. said...

I bet no one will read this comment on such an old post but I've (apparently) pinpointed the date on the photo. From the bird and diz liner notes:

"My research has discovered that it was taken Monday, February 13, 1950 at Birdland when Parker and Gillespie were reunited during a benefit for singer Buddy Stewart's family (Stewart had died in an auto accident)." - Phil Schaap

swac said...

You bet wrong, Chuck! Thanks for digging up that info!

swac said...

Of course Blogger, in its infinite wisdom, won't let me correct anything before 2009, it seems.