Blues And Haikus
Legendary beatnik writer Jack Kerouacs second album once again teamed him with producer Bob Thiele and came out on Thieles Douglas label in 1959 just like its predecessor, Poetry for the Beat Generation. But this time around, instead of Steve Allens dilettante-ish jazz piano jazz flourishes, Kerouac insisted on bona fide jazz musicians to accompany his stream-of-consciousness prose. And boy, did he get themsaxophonists Al Cohn and Zoot Sims made their bones in Woody Hermans band and were big-time post-bop players, and here they provide effective counterpoint commentary to Kerouacs readings. As for those who approach this release from a more literary angle, Blues and Haikus reflects Kerouacs interest in Eastern religion and meditative practices as expressed in his novel The Dharma Bums as opposed to the more On the Road-like exultations of Poetry for the Beat Generation. But whatever your interest, boppish or bookish, Blues and Haikus is an essential document from one of our most iconic American authors, and, after listening to this album, one thing is for sure: no one is having a better time at this recording session than Kerouac himself!