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 #120

Let's Get Acquainted with Jazz (For People Who Hate Jazz)
(The Jimmy Rowles Sextet)
(Tampa Records; 1958)


Peter Yezukevich said...


Tommy O'C said...

Now, how can he learn his lesson when teacher is so distracting?

Loye said...

One look at this album cover and any non-believer would surely have been
instantly converted to a jazz lover.

nd said...

Awful cover but actually it probably is great music if it's Jimmy Rowles... I wanna hear this one!

peterrocker said...

Sex tet indeed.

Robert Fiore said...

Well, you know there was another series aimed at the same audience featuring Ornette Coleman entitled "If You Think You Hate Jazz Now . . ."