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skin and moisture

Posted to Utterances

Trane took jazz by the head and twisted it
Some people just can’t leave well enough alone
They take the major fifths and start adding
First sevenths then god knows what lydian and fridgian
Modes qualified in the contemporary ear

Note for note the scores
And scores of charted composition
Air pressure and humidity and temperature
All notated and exact

A grid where
Improvization makes sense
Progressions and vamps
Runs and riffs and licks
Call and response and
Cannonball bouncing on Miles
No strain on Trane

The clarinet is cultured
And erudite but the sax is crude
And wanton; a caveman’s wail
Jazz is skin and moisture.