The Solo

In dVerse, we were introduced to the genre of Jazz Poetry.  Being a huge jazz fan, I simply had to answer the call.  This is my first attempt at the genre, and I hope I at least sort of  did it justice!  So go grab a CD of Miles Davis, or your favourite jazz trumpeter, and read this out loud as you listen (or read it silently with no soundtrack if you prefer…I leave that up to you).

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Lips pursed and placed
on the mouthpiece
he spins his breath
thru his silver horn

His voice, to the crowd
the piercing tones
of the tune, he attacks
on his trumpet

The standard he plays
every cat worth his salt
has done it before
each one done it dif’rent

The score on his stand
it stands ignored
he knows this tune…
intimate like a lover

besides…the notes
they’re a guide, not the rule
with joy he’ll improv…
improve on the tune

Hit a note flat
then gliss to the true
riff on a theme and
make it swing, make it his

He feels more than hears
the ‘lectric energy
of the crowd, like
fuel for his muse

He plays his horn
like never before
the crowd whipped
to a frenzy

Too soon the spotlight
swings away
shining now on
the guy on the sticks

His solo is done
he knows he done good
his soul…he just
poured it thru his lips

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30 thoughts on “The Solo

  1. Ah, yes, I can see your love of jazz coming through… improv = improve and that sense of freedom, anything is possible, this time it’s going to be the best yet, you’re going to nail it… oh, well the moment has passed… but next time… just wait and see.
    There is so much similarity between jazz and poetry, I find.

    • Thanks Marina. I think you’re right. Even if you look at the sub-genres of both jazz and poetry…some is very structured and tightly controlled (big band swing and sonnets for example), and then there is some that can go completely off the rails…avante garde jazz and e e cummings’ poems for example. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. “besides…the notes
    they’re a guide, not the rule
    with joy he’ll improv…
    improve on the tune”

    Simply beautiful, totally and utterly. My brother is a jazz guitarist – he would love this.

    • Not necessarily Miles that I was referring to…I left that part intentionally vague…but you can gladly read any great jazz trumpeter (or even amateur trumpeter) that you want into it. Thanks for reading!

  3. ah nice….my fav parts (cause they’re so true..)
    he knows this tune…
    intimate like a lover

    besides…the notes
    they’re a guide, not the rule….yes…yes…yes…smiles…very nice..

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