So what I’m trying to say about people describing [jazz]: It’s like saying, suppose we stopped short and we never got around to seeing Jackie Robinson or Obama or Jesse or anybody. This is all about becoming—people are still becoming. Black people are still becoming. People act like everything’s been attained. Nothing’s been attained yet.
Paul Whiteman was the King of Jazz and someday all kings must fall.
Mr. Mitchell is one of modern music’s most formidable saxophonists; many of his admirers have been asking for several years now, ‘‘When is he going to cut loose and play again?” ”The Flow of Things” is the answer to their prayers. The three versions of the tune heard on the album differ significantly in mood, texture and development, and each performance is riveting.