Confluence of geniuses. Yes, bit more demanding than the Columbia sides. But … the players!
PS: I used to complain about the ritualistic drum solos on vintage jazz LPs. My understanding has evolved a bit.
First album I ever bought by him. Pretty fortunate choice, really. I learned more about him as an interpreter here. Also, one of his wonderful LP jackets.
PS: Mine is not a 1964 original, of course, but a weird thing is that, while Bill Evans clearly wrote the (brief) liner notes — there are no credits anywhere on the LP. So other than knowing Monk does piano, I had no clue who was doing what.
Thomas Nast, Tammany Tiger (circa 1870)
This is from the Addison Gallery collection of drawings, and though we did not see it yesterday, I’m thrilled to have even a reproduction of it in the collection On Paper. (I can’t find any reproduction of it on the Interwebs.)
Nash’s brilliance is that he takes an otherwise un-humanized tiger and puts it in a human position: rolling on its back, arms folded across chest, legs kicking in the air and either roaring or laughing, doesn’t matter. The instant you see it’s called Tammany Tiger you understand it’s a caricature of a cruel, greedy, bestial human (Boss Tweed) given none of the dignity of being a person.
(Well, I should add, not a portrait of Tweed per se — he was a fat lump as uncatlike as could be imagined — but his corrupt organization.)
Zip up to the Addison Gallery in Andover. You gotta do it in the next week, which I know, is too early, but you gotta see those watercolors.
Then you go chow down at Yella Grill — clever, unconventional Middle Eastern, everything we tried done with exquisite taste and touch. The only hummus D relished!
“Please Do Not Handle the Monster Pumpkin”
We lost control of it the first flight and it took off out of sight in this neighborhood …
(Thing is, it’s probably smacked onto somebody’s roof somewhere and the residents don’t even know it’s there.)
Interesting footnote: since writing the review, I’ve discovered a couple earlier releases in the stacks that are clearly Afrobeats bands before I knew the style had a tag.