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

In the Studio #18

Jackie Paris


Marshall P. Smith said...

Jackie Pariswas the only vocalist, black or white, male or female, to tour as a regular member of the Charlie Parker Quintet

HWIC said...

Bruno Leicht said...

There was another "vocalist" who sang regularly with Bird: "Albino Red", the fake "black" trumpeter Red Rodney ... It's true, absolutely!

Wikipedia quote: "As the only white member of the group he was billed as Albino Red when playing in the racially segregated southern United States." ... Where he crooned an incredibly advanced kind of "blues" ... LOL -- It's a pity that none of the obsessed fans was present and taped / waxed one of these shows. But since there are some "lost" recordings surfacing again and again, maybe we will have the pleasure some time with Red Rodney, singin' the blues. Maybe.