друг друзей Монголии (barmagl0t) wrote,
друг друзей Монголии

пока не начался джаз

Once there was Louis Armstrong blowing his beautiful top in the muds of New Orleans; before him the mad musicians who had paraded on official days and broke up their Sousa marches into ragtime.

Then there was swing, and Roy Eldridge, vigorous and virile, blasting the horn for everything it had in waves of power and logic and subtlety - leaning to it with glittering eyes and a lovely smile and sending it out broadcast to rock the jazz world.

Then had come Charlie Parker, a kid in his mother's woodshed in Kansas City, blowing his taped-up alto among the logs, practicing on rainy days, coming out to watch the old swinging Basie and Benny Moten band that had Hot Lips Page and the rest - Charlie Parker leaving home and coming to Harlem, and meeting mad Thelonious Monk and madder Gillespie - Charlie Parker in his early days when he was nipped and walked around in a circle while playing. Somewhat younger than Lester Young, also from KC, that gloomy, saintly goof in whom the history of jazz was wrapped; for when he held his horn high and horizontal from his mouth he blew the greatest; and as his hair grew longer and he got lazier and stretched-out, his horn came down halfway; till it finally fell all the way and today as he wears his thick-soled shoes so that he can't feel the sidewalks of life his horn is held weakly against his chest, and he blows cool and easy getout phrases. Here were the children of the American bop night.

On the Road, Jack Kerouac

В жизни все связано. Или, по крайней мере, нам хочется, чтобы так было.
Если ты когда-нибудь ездил автостопом, то обязательно слышал о Джеке Керуаке, а скорее всего уже прочитал все, что сумел найти в переводе. А если покопался дальше и проявил хоть толику интереса, то перечитал битников и переслушал Паркера и Гиллеспи. Самое сложное в этом погружении в джаз - научиться понимать. Как-то вечером мы сидели с моим другом, пили ерш и разговаривали о том, как сложно понимать джаз. Где преподают джазманию?

Что делал Нил Кэссиди? Танцевал. Так может, в танце можно если не понять, то хотя бы научиться слушать джаз? И вот уже год, как я танцую линди-хоп, а теперь еще и буги-вуги. И, признаться, за это время появилось больше вопросов, чем ответов.

пс: В декабре выйдет фильм "В дороге".
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