In the tradition of legendary cutting sessions between stride piano masters like James P. Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton and Willie the Lion Smith in Harlem during the early days of Jazz, I present a challenge of classic compositions from modern masters Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver.
From Monk, I present Crepuscule With Nellie, from the album Criss-Cross and featuring Charlie Rouse on sax, followed by Silver’s Lonely Woman, from Song For My Father. Both albums are on my list of all-time favorites. Please vote for your favorite by commenting below.
If you’re interested in reading more, here’s a link to a great article on cutting sessions:
Keeping with Tanya’s Marigolds theme, –visit Soul Symphonies Marigolds in May–and my failed attempts to hurry Spring along, I decided to torture myself by writing a sonnet, the first I’ve ever attempted.
Sunflower staggered under mass of suns
Shoulders the weight of a solar hour
Forlornly lusting over meadow runs
Tournesol to shun the cosmic bower
Shedding the burden of the sunflower
You burn with inextinguishable joy
Ne’er bowing to incinerate power
Seeking universal laws to destroy
Corolla of daisy’s ringed yoke ensnares
A dark core of isolation within
The day’s eye opens while the Buddha stares
Contemplating a freed soul void of sin
Marigold! Sun and flower incarnate
Light and color embrace my garden gate