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 #128

Trombone By Three
(Jay Jay Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green)
(Prestige; 1956)


estiv said...

Wonderful fifties cover by then-unknown graphics artist, not exactly representative of his later work. But 16 RPM? Good thing trombones are pretty much low-frequency.

swac said...

This might be the first 16 RPM music LP (or RLP for Really Long Player) I've ever come across. Mostly I've just seen it used for spoken word stuff (bible stories, audio books etc.).

Tom Degan said...

You mean they really made records at 16 RPM? I've never come across one in my life - and I'm an avid record collector!

You live and learn.

Tom Degan

swac said...

The Dual turntable in our old Fleetwood stereo console had 16 r.p.m. on it, but the only thing I can remember playing at that speed is old Chipmunks records, to hear Ross Bagdasarian and co. sing Alvin's Harmonica in weird, overly-enunciated adult voices.