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

When Legends Gather #517
The Friends of Milt Hinton #20


Jimmy Rushing, Scoville Browne, Maxine Sullivan, Joe Thomas, Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Pettiford, Marian McPartland, Emmett Berry, Sahib Shihab, Thelonious Monk and Rex Stewart
(Harlem; August, 1958)

7 comments :

swac said...

It was a grand day, from all accounts.

Jeff Duncanson said...
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Kyle said...

shouldn't this be part of the 'When Legends Gather' series as well?

Nate said...

... and Gerry Mulligan's haircut.

swac said...

Kyle, good suggestion! So many of the photos in this series would fit that bill, but this was such a momentous occasion that I agree it deserves that designation.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

I've of course seen the famous poster view of this gathering but never this close-up side view, which really conveys the feeling of a family reunion.

swac said...

Another photo taken on this day was posted earlier in the series.