Joined: 30 Jun 2007
|Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 8:47 pm Post subject: Ruby, My Dear
Thelonious Monk with John Coletrane, "Ruby My Dear"
I want to share one of my favorite moments in musical history, and an important one for me.
This song--and more specifically, this recorded version of this song--almost single-handedly (if songs have hands) got me interested in jazz. When I was 17, I had this on an old cassette.
I just have to say, this is a beautiful song. And the solos here are gorgeous examples of improvisation, not just masturbation but true on-the-spot compositional glory. Both 'trane's and Monk's solos are transcendant for me.
And now you may feel free to take this thread wherever you like. A song that got you into something, Thelonious or 'trane, whether songs have hands or masturbation---musical, that is.
"I don't think that the American species is so debased that they have given up on all hope of a cultural life. It's just that they have no concept of how to achieve it ... [S]tuff in a museum is dead. It's cultural necrophilia."
- Frank Zappa