"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it," was one of Elmore Leonard's rules for writing. Here's another: "Leave out the parts people tend to skip." He left the planet on August 20th of this year, shortly before his 88th birthday. But he left behind plenty of tracks before he took off. If you care at all about the craft of writing, the following clip is worth the mildly annoying video frame-sync issues.
One of the great jazz drummers, known mostly for his work as leader of the Jazz Messengers, was also born on this day in 1919. Here's a really nice track called "Moanin" worth every second of the 9 minutes and 38 seconds it takes to listen to it.
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