Lick of the Day, Illinois Jacquet, Easy Living (3:55 to 4:01)

The entire piece is worth hearing and learning, but it’s the last roughly five seconds that make this one: a delicate yet raspy glissando from C# down the horn, around the bell and nestling into Bb, it’s an aural representation of a old master; a minuscule mosaic of power, grace, whimsy and (the elusive) patience–a retired General drinking tea on a front porch, watching kids flit by the house, kids playing soldier. A tiny smile tremoring his laugh lines, eyes crinkled with sadness or hope.

 

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