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Epistrophy

November 12, 2011
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Epistrophy, like Cy Twombly and Ish Kabibble, is just a word that I like saying.  And truth be told, it’s not even really a word.

It’s the name of a modern jazz standard. The version I was just listening to was Coltrane and Monk from the “Live at the Five Spot 1958” album. Turns out, the Five Spot was an old jazz club at 5 East 5th Street on Cooper Square (or, as someone rather hysterically put it, in “the bohemian section of Greenwich Village in New York City”), that later moved a few blocks away.

Anyhow, back to Epistrophy. What does it mean? I haven’t the slightest idea, but Thelonious Monk knew. Ask him.

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  1. November 12, 2011 4:52 pm

    I’m not quite sure what Epistrophy means either, but I think Jerry Lewis used to have a telethon for it. Cool video.

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