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 Art of Jazz #76

Out of the Afternoon
(Roy Haynes Quartet)
(Impulse! Records; 1962)

1 comment :

Fred said...

That is a great image of Rahsaan Roland Kirk off to the left of the picture. I loved his music and wish I'd had the opportunity to see him play live. I am glad the cover photo features him with all his instruments. I've heard from other fans that it was amazing watching him move from instrument to instrument without missing a beat, always taking the right one at the right time from the group strapped around his body. How many people know that it was Kirk's awesome flute solo they were hearing in Quincy Jones's Soul Bossa Nova during the opening of Austin Powers?