Abstract Jazz and Jack Kerouac

Just for the record… In 1958, American writer Jack Kerouac (author of “On the Road”) recorded his second album with saxophonists Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. The result is a mixture of jazz and poetry called “Blues and Haikus. The haiku is a traditional Japanese poetry form with three non-rhyming lines in five, seven and five syllables. However, Kerouac took a more unconventional free-form approach to the poetic form.

The opening track on “Blues and Haikus is a 10-minute piece called “American Haikus”. It features Kerouac’s expressive recitation of a series of poems punctuated by some improvisational sax playing (see above).

Below is an embedded YouTube video of “American Haikus” featuring illustrations by artist Peter Gullerud. The second haiku poem is where we took the sample for “What day is it?”

…and once again, here is the Solskala song, What day is it?


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