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

Jazz Messengers #3


Lee Morgan

7 comments :

Timmy said...

UN-standing room only

Tom Sutpen said...

Were I to hazard a guess, I would say it's a reference to the somewhat diminutive dimensions of whatever joint that is Blakey and his Messengers blew apart that evening.

That is, however, a guess.

Joe Thompson said...

Sidewinder. Cool.

Regards,
Joe Thompson ;0)

erik hogstrom said...

"Sidewinder" has such an infectious groove. The tune will pop into my head from time to time and just remain there for hours.
People probably wonder why my head bops.

swac said...

Definitely died too young. Shot to death in a club called Slugs'...irony sucks.

swac said...

Thanks for the link, Bruno!

Friday Street said...

Great photo. Not seen this one before. Strikes me in two ways. First his tone and playing always sounded so huge that it is appropriate that he is larger than his surroundings. Secondly when listening to his recordings it always sound like he is playing directly TO you. So to see him eyes averted and horn directed downwards is strange. Starting places for anyone new to Lee (you are in for a treat) would be the solo album Search for the New Land or the Art Blakey The Big Beat.