Lenny Bruce on Modern Jazz and Modern Art

Oct 15, 2018

Too much! Amazing and sweet! Lenny Bruce on jazz and modern art, with Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Teddy Kotick, and Philly Joe Jones playing Charlie Parker's "Au Privave," and Lenny and Philly Joe jiving on Bela Lugosi. (Jones had recorded the album Blues for Dracula in 1958.) And stick around for Lenny singing, complete with an Irish brogue, "How Are Things in Glocca Morra.” If you listen closely, you’ll hear Lenny introducing his accompanists as “Ike Isaacson," and for Nat Pierce, he first says, "Nat Hent,” as in Hentoff, then quickly corrects himself and says, “ Ah, Nat Pierce...mishpocheh," a Yiddish word for family. October 13 was Lenny Bruce's 93rd birthday anniversary. I’m sure you’ll agree that, like the music he celebrates here, his style holds up well.