Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Giant Steps

Who could miss today's Google home page homage to Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock on what would have been his 97th birthday.

IMHO, Pollock was a innovative painter and revolutionary artist. He took the canvas off the wall, and in turn took modern art to a different stratosphere. The urgency and spontaneity of his work still resonates today.

Drawing a musical parallel, we need look no further than a contemporary, and kindred spirit - John Coltrane.
Coltrane did for Jazz in particular, and music in general what Pollock did for art. It's not surprising their careers overlapped. Whenever I listen to Coltrane, I visualize Pollock. A soundtrack to the splatter.

I'm just sayin'.

Giant Steps
Cousin Mary

Pollock, the home edition:

Jackson Pollock 51 (1951)

John Coltrane- Impressions (1961)

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