Friday, January 13, 2006

Right on the water hose.

Today I read the best quote ever made by a jazz musician, a quote that kept me thinking for a while about how I understand jazz and about what jazz means to me. If music is a need, jazz is the greatest need of them all, an urge to comunicate like no other.

The quote was:

"I didn't ask my mother to buy me a trumpet or a violin. I started right on the water hose. My uncle used to come over to the house and play on the piano, and I'd get a water hose and play the melody with him."

The author could be no other that the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

As Mingus said: This man is what jazz is all about. He's real.

I could not agree more with him.

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