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 Art of Jazz #106


Getz/Gilberto
(Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto; feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim)
(Verve Records; 1964)

8 comments :

newgrass said...

LOVE this record

KL_Habanero said...

Not just good cover art, but sublime mmusic...

Fred said...

I've often marveled out how this great music ended up being associated with bad Bar Mitzvah bands and sleazy bars. I'm glad that it is being rediscovered by a new generation without the pejoratives attached to it during the 70s.

Timmy said...

A masterpiece of LP cover art, as well as "Jazz; America's Only True Art Form". (I don't really believe that last quote, but it was something a very important person in my life always said, so...)

Christopher said...

one of the smoothest albums ever..a "must have" along with Jobim's and Frank Sinatras bossa nova album of 1967

swac said...

That reminds me, I have a chance to see Bebel Gilberto this weekend...

thombeau said...

Classic in every way.

analiseindiscreta said...

João Gilberto = Genius