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

Shutterbug Friday #5:
Francis Wolff and the Empire of Cool (Vol. 2)

Ornette Coleman

Wilbur Ware

Hank Mobley

Wynton Kelly

Gato Barbieri

Lee Morgan

Charles Tolliver

Bennie Green

Fats Navarro

Roy Haynes

Kenny Burrell

Eric Dolphy

Charlie Haden

Fred Jackson

Dexter Gordon

Joe Chambers

John Coltrane

Jimmy Smith

Arthur Taylor

Julian 'Cannonball' Adderly

Bud Powell

Pharoah Sanders

Miles Davis

Charlie Rouse

Bobby Timmons


Tod Brody said...

Did Ornette Coleman really play the violin left-handed? Or is the image reversed?

Tom Sutpen said...

Could be; but if the image is reversed, I ain't the one what reversed it.

H. P. L. said...

As a hopeless absolute beginner in Jazz, all I can say is that in this series you put all my favourite "cats". Viva Hank Mobley!!!

Husky Navarro said...

Thanks for the shout out . . . .

Yokozuna said...

For what it's worth, Wikipedia says he's a lefty on the violin.

grumpyg said...

Other photos of Ornette Coleman playing the violin available on the Internets, show him playing left-handed.

Timmy said...

What a grouping of greats!

Rhys Ziemba said...

Beautiful! Lee Morgan actually appears to (side) winding. Roy Haynes is scandalously dressed down. But my favorite has gotta be Bud Powell.

marietta said...

Miles Davis ist der eleganteste,Bobby Timmons sehr relext.Immer wieder gerne höre ich Pharoah Sanders.

Arthur Gilroy said...


Thank you so much for this series. These people were my models, my mentors, my teachers. It was a truly remarkable generation of musicians, that post-WWII through the '70s group of players, a school through which an already great art peaked and flourished. These photos capture the way they really were.

Positive, intense and vivid.

Not just the photos...the people themselves.

Thanks again...


Loye said...

All I can say is, thanks for posting those great pics.

Loye said...

That picture of Coltrane made a great poster until it was destroyed when the levees broke after Hurricane Katrina.

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