Alabama

1281 Direct Hit
Erik ReeL, Direct Hit, acrylic on linen

I was just listening to one of my favorite jazz recordings of all time.

It’s John Coltrane’s Alabama, recorded live at Birdland in 1963.

An amazing cut:  John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones at their best playing free, furious, and fabulously  for two and a half minutes.

It’s titled Alabama because it’s a response and in commemoration of the 15 September 1963 Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing that killed four innocent girls.

So, today–15 September–I listen to this cut and remember that we still have a long way to go in this sad and misguided world.