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 #78

In a Minor Groove
(Dorothy Ashby and Frank Wess)
(New Jazz Records; 1958)


Testify said...

Dorothy Ashby rocks! For a harpist at least. Check out her mid sixties AfroHarping album in general and the track Soul Vibrations in particular for the proof.

The High Llamas paid tribute to Ashby on their Can Cladders album (track 11 is called Dorothy Ashby)

estiv said...

I can't be the only person looking at this image and trying to figure out the connection between fifties jazz and the Andy Griffith show...