Blue Note. A Story of Modern Jazz (BBC)


They couldn't dance.

They both had two left feet.

We must have shring-ing.

If something was grooving, you know,

Frank would go like...

He would start doing

his little two-step thing.

You know, and if he wasn't doing

his dance, it wasn't grooving.

Yeah, I knew it from the beginning.

When I first saw Alfred,

I was a disc-jockey on WLV

in New York

and I walked into this place

where I worked

and he was sitting there eating

a hot sausage sandwich

and I said, "There's my life,"

and he wouldn't look at me, hardly,

for 11 years.

11 years. That was what he was doing,

was that Blue Note

and it hurt, because I knew,

you know,

but I spoke with a lot of musicians

about it.

Women will not be, ever,

as important as the music

and, if a woman thinks she can,

she's kidding herself

because a guy who really

loves the music,

that's where he's going to be.

Cantaloupe Island


When Hitler arrived on the scene,

Alfred disappeared

because he was smart

and he knew

there was trouble, abroad,

and so he left.

He came to this country,

barely spoke English,

he was alone and he was


and he struggled,

but he was terrific.

He brought Frank over later,

after he had arrived here.

La Mesha

by Joe Henderson

The negro

with the trumpet at his lips

has a head of vibrant hair,

tamed down, down,

patent-leathered now,

until it gleams like jet,

were jet a crown.

The music from the trumpet

at his lips

is honey mixed with liquid fire.

The rhythm through the trumpet

at his lips

is ecstasy

distilled from old desire.

Desire that is longing for the moon

where the moonlight's but

a spotlight in his eyes,

desire that is longing for the sea

where the sea's a bar-glass

sucker size.

The negro with the trumpet

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