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 #19

Ike Quebec in a New York City recording studio, circa 1961.


Loye said...

Once you've heard him, you're a fan.

Joe Thompson said...

Great player, great name. Great hat, too.

Joe Thompson ;0)

swac said...

Hats are crucial.

Bruno Leicht said...

Do you know the three big, but almost forgotten "Q's" in jazz? Here they are: Paul Quinichette, the most accurate Lester-Young-student of them all, ehm, quasi "impersonator" - he is alleged to have said to Lester Young: "I play better Lester than you do it yourself." -, Gene Quill, the angry young man on alto sax, and Ike Quebec, the gigantic tenor-man from the picture.

Thanks for posting another one from Milt Hinton's collection!


erik hogstrom said...

I love Ike Quebec.
I once walked around San Francisco's Land's End listening to nothing but Ike's "Heavy Soul." Now, whenever I listen to the album, I think of fog and cliffs and seabirds and winding trails through eucalyptus.

H. P. L. said...

I only have "Almost like spring" but it's a damn fine album. Said by a very very beginner in jazz listening, obviously.

Bruno Leicht said...

@ H.P.L.:

Sorry for slightly correcting you here, but I guess you mean this one:

Ike Quebec - It Might As Well Be Spring (1961) -- I love this tune and its lyrics. My favorite version is on Jackie & Roy, featuring Jackie Cain.

Bruno Leicht said...

... mistake: The song sung by Jackie Cain on that recording was "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" ... Sorry!