Cool Cat, Swinging to Bop
Kato the Gnostic Cat is in love with this new music I downloaded, After Hours by Charlie Christian and Dizzy Gillespie (with a little-known house pianist named Thelonious Monk). It was recorded live in a Harlem jazz club in 1941. First time I played it, Kato jumped up on the desk (where the computer speakers are) and crouched down, staring at the speakers like he was stalking a chipmunk. Then he started to relax, then he curled up in a little ball, purring loudly, listening to it.
One of the tracks is a song by Dizzy called “Kerouac.” The song Kato appears to like the most is a nine minute jam called “Swing to Bop.”
As I've said before, Kato is one cool cat.
Grateful Update: Kato has finally responded to a non-jazz track! It's a 10-minute drum solo from a Grateful Dead show I downloaded from Archive.org.
Both of my blog entries today (this one, and “Resting Places of the Soul” above) originated in an ongoing conversation with my friend Carl McColman.