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

The Friends of Milt Hinton #2


Lester Young and Roy Eldridge in Harlem circa 1958

5 comments :

Tom Sutpen said...

Amazing. This is the only photo I've seen of Prez in his later years where he's actually smiling (or at least not looking downcast and depleted).

Damn he was good.

swac said...

I double checked and made the date 1958, since this photo looks like it was taken on the famed "Great Day in Harlem" in the summer of 1958, and considering the Prez's death in March of 1959, it seems unlikely this photo was taken that year.

(Checking the Great Day photo, the windows in the background of this shot look pretty much exactly the same...)

swac said...

Oh yeah...if you look at the photo here, you can see Prez and Eldridge standing near each other, on the right, in the same clothes.

Jeff Duncanson said...

Stephen - A couple of days after your 1st post in this series, I heard a DJ on the Jazz station I listen to in these parts (91.1) talk about the website milthinton.com. I am assuming that this is where these images are coming from.(?) What a treasure trove of great stuff! I'm totally looking forward to more in this series.

Mr DeBakey said...

Back in May, you posted the still [Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Ben Webster and Gerry Mulligan] from CBS special "The Sound of Jazz"

I ordered the CD, it arrived Friday.

I like it, I like it.