We begin with LOW GRAVY, the tail end of an expression common in the early part of the last century. Hard to explain, but if you vanquished an opponent (another person or band) you might have “cut him down to a low gravy,” which in its own oblique way is self-explanatory. Nothing remained of the challenger except a few spoonfuls at the bottom of the saucepan, I presume. But the composition is more than that:
STATE AND MADISON was the busiest intersection in Chicago. Courtesy of WTTW, see representations of that street scene from 1936 to 1918 here.
And the soundtrack:
The irresistible JAZZ JUBILEE — never recorded by Morton — sweeps us along:
Finally (for this week’s offering) HARMONY BLUES, which has brief echoes of other Morton pieces but is a seductive theme on its own.
I thought, hearing it for the first time, that it would also be captivating scored for a small string ensemble:
May your happiness increase!