dimanche 10 février 2013

While We’re All Versed In History

I can’t help but feel a vagrant sadness when I come across the story of men born at a time and place undisclosed. But the sadness is rapidly replaced by a sense of envy. The same envy that makes me want to be stateless – the french word apatride sounds so much better.
 Too many films start with a man who has forgotten his past, in amnesia, and of course is left with a quest for history.

 Machito was born some time between 1908 and 1912, somewhere in Havana or Florida, moved to New York in 1937, created/promoted Afro-Cuban jazz, played with Cannonball Adderley, Dizzie Gillepsie, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, suffered from a stroke before a gig at Ronnie Scott's and died in 1984 in a London hospital.

 This is an arc, it would make most people’s life insignificant. But with his music I feel edgy, wild and suave, even if only by proxy.
Time to light up, put on a shirt.

pix : Machito and Graciella Grillo, Glen Island Casino, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947 - Photo William P.Gottlieb

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