Of course Sun Ra did George Gershwin! They were both from outer space!
Why did it take me so long to make that connection? And to find a half dozen tunes! This one from 1960.
improvisations on literature : music : film : the spiritual : the political : the ridiculous
Ralph Ellison recalling his first encounter with a 20-year-old Lester Young back in 1929:
"A tall, intense young musician . . . who, with his heavy white sweater, blue stocking cap and up-and-out-thrust silver saxophone left absolutely no reed player and few young players of any instrument unstirred by the wild, excitingly original flights of his imagination. . . . Lester Young . . . with his battered horn upset the entire Negro section of town. . . . [We tried] to absorb and transform the Youngian style."
RIP Bobby Hutcherson.
"Unlike most Blue Note covers, which tended to be abstract geometrics or portraiture, Out To Lunch actually shares a joke. The clock in the store window announcing ‘will be back’ has seven hands. The Reid Miles photograph is bathed in indigo, creating one of the most iconic cover images ever produced." -- Greg Simmons at All About Jazz.