Saturday, February 27, 2010

Al Young Reads Straight No Chaser

Novelist, poet, essayist and jazz critic, Al Young reads his poem, Straight No Chaser. The original recording comes from the CD contained in the book, Something About the Blues. The title, Straight No Chaser, comes from an original composition by Thelonious Monk. Like other masters in the Blues idiom, Young retains the sentiments of the tradition, such as plain speech and "telling it like it is," without making direct allusion to the Blues itself.

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