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Jazz Man
by Gene Williamson

Thursday, May 22, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Dedicated to my friend Bob Fanelli.


A little past midnight,
unmindful of the icy weather
outside the after-hours club,
Bobby warms the joint
with a long sweet ride
on his alto sax,
cruises in and around
a driving rhythm section,
replicates, articulates himself
in complex multitrack duets
and four-part harmonics,
assimilating an astonishing
repertory of musical composition
and improvisation, equally
at home on alto or tenor,
a capella ballads, a rhythmic
Latin lick, or a mellow one-man
Four Freshman chorus,
something blue, rhapsodic,
or a little jam, a jazz original,
true to his own musical line,
the thrust of his unmistakable beat,
accenting the musical poetry
of his engaging style
as his hot swinging sax
slices the bitter night.

© Gene Williamson

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Reviewed by Patricia Martin 12/4/2008
"... a mellow one-man Four Freshman chorus ..." blew me away. Jazz lovers understand this. But we also remember Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich and Maynard ... they will be gone forever when the last old music elephants join the bones in the yard, noodling over eighth notes on keys yellowed like old teeth. Bravo.
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 5/27/2008
What a way to describe a beautiful scene..I can picture myself in the mix of all that Jazz. Great write
Reviewed by Ofira Sephiroth (Reader) 5/26/2008
Very very nice. The last line wraps the poem up nicely...great imagery throughout.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/26/2008
Swing on, my friend. Thanks for sharing. Love and peace,


Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 5/26/2008
I'm feelin the Jazz of your write :)
Embraced ~ Embrassé
Reviewed by Tracey Hardie 5/25/2008
I am enjoying reading your work.. this is well done!
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 5/23/2008
I too love Jazz this was superb~`*
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 5/23/2008
Excellent writing Gene,missed reading you..glad to have some time to read once again..well done indeed..have a wonderful evening OK...Hugs
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 5/23/2008
Cool Gene, I love jazz, you did jazz and the artist great credit here
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 5/23/2008
I smile at your term " swinging sax..." for that is surely is! But my fave is Herbie Mann on the flute...his rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic is...WOW! Your 'dedication' to B. Fanelli is "swiging" too, Gene :o)
Blessings ~~ Micke
Reviewed by A PAX 5/23/2008
Visual and cool write..........
musical images very slick........I like it, pax A
Reviewed by blue soplain 5/22/2008
made me lips smack and hips sway.
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 5/22/2008
Title caught my eye, it is a title from a song played in the late 60's or early 70's called Jazz Man. Wonderful poem!
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/22/2008
Ah, I can hear the music now, how wonderful....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/22/2008
Reviewed by xxxxxxx cccccc 5/22/2008
Well connected, from beginning to end, a story, engaging, tight, alight!
Reviewed by D Johnson 5/22/2008
Now that is my kind of jazz.

Reviewed by Bonnie May 5/22/2008
WOW, you described this so well, I thought I could almost hear your friend play, What a write! Love, Bonnie
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