Thursday, October 21, 2010
The father of BeBop, Dizzy Gillespie, would have been 93 years old today! The fact that I am 33 years old is an automatic handicap to my knowledge of this Jazz great! I do know that as a young boy I would often take my elementary school issued plastic recorder (flute-like thingy) and attempt to make my jaws look like ole' Dizzy's. The result: a double ear ache, two dried up tear ducts, and a head buzz much like that of a nitrous oxide WAH-WAH! ---Whippet! I ain't talkin' bout Devo either! Seriously, the guy was amazing judging from my limited knowledge of jazz music. As I get older, I find that my ear welcomes the sound of jazz way more than it used to. I spent my teenage angst years blasting out my eardrums to Henry Rollins and various booty Bass music. On any given day you would find me bumpin' around the armpit of Ohio in my 83' Cadillac Coupe Deville, fully loaded with the 12'' JL Audio speakers. I've got the tattoo to prove it (unfortunately true)! If only I would have listened to good old Dizzy Gillespie back then. I would not be in the market for a Whisper 2000 now! Rest in peace Dizzy.
Posted by j.s. lambert at 8:29 AM