Monday was the anniversary of Alfred Lion's death in 1987. The founder of Blue Note - the greatest jazz label of all time - Lion produced some nine hundred records, including Thelonious Monk's first recordings.
After all, music soothes the savage beast. And there's plenty of wild legislators roaming the government corridors that could use some calming down. Jazz dudes may have found the elixir: jazz is Xanadu minus the Xanax.
In Kansas City Lightning, the first volume of his biography The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker, the soul of Stanley Crouch joins the soul of the legendary jazz legend, with James Joyce giving his blessings from beyond the grave.