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

In the Studio #68

Thelonious Monk at Blue Note in 1951.


estiv said...

Don't think I've ever seen a picture of him without a hat before. Looks like a normal human being, which just goes to show you.

Ross said...

The pinkie of his right hand is over the ring finger and his middle finger is over both the ring finger and the pinkie. Jeez!

swac said...

I should also note this photo was taken at the July 23, 1951 session with Milt Jackson, Sahib Shihab, Al McKibbon and Art Blakey that yielded recordings of Four in One; Straight, No Chaser; Criss Cross; and Eronel (the name of an old flame of pianist Sadik Hakim's spelled backwards).

Nick Rossi said...

WOR Studios, 1440 Broadway, New York, New York