|Rahsaan Roland Kirk in all his glory|
Word on the jazz grapevine was that he was "taking a sabbatical". In the jazz world this is sometimes shorthand for kicking a bad habit.* When jazz players take breaks from their careers it can mean they're in rehab. I was hip to drugs: I was an all-grown-up weed smoker. Whoopee. I didn't understand addiction the way I would understand it in another ten years. I didn't know why so many musicians fell down the abyss of heroin.. I would know, later in my life. Oh, I would know, I would understand, far better than my sixteen year old self.
This is all in my novel, "Confessions Of An Honest Man." It's a three dollar e-book and more people should read it. End of promotion.
|Ornette Coleman in 1960|