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 Cool Hall of Fame #121

Rahsaan Roland Kirk


H. P. L. said...

Now, if only he could stand on one leg... ^____^


Henry Bemis said...

Mingus said that "...this guy don't play Jazz, he IS Jazz."

I know I am biased being one of Rahsaan's biggest fans, but in my opinion, one of the most underrated Jazz musicians of all time. Truly one of the greatest. Thanks Tom, this is an inside the park homer.

baryogenesis said...

Met the band during the late 60's while a friend was playing bass (Vernon Martin)after I moved north of the border. They did a gig at Carleton University in Ottawa ('68) and a year or two later at a club in Toronto. It was tough to make a living for a jazz band then --except for maybe Miles.

erik hogstrom said...

I have his album Domino. It is amazing to think he played all of those instruments at the same time.