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To The Hippest Cat In Hollywood
(Chuck Niles, 1927-2004)

Horace Silver said it
& you lived it
mad doctor of tone
sincere detective of bop

as Chick was to The Lakers
here in our sacred
satori of lost angels
Chuck Niles
was & is to jazz

mystery solved
session wrapped
so go now
& blow

blow elelctric w/ Bird & Coltrane
blow the message w/ Miles, Mingus & Monk
scat indigo w/ Ella &
dig all there is w/ Peggy Lee
& the 1,000 nites of Carmen McCrae

swing the wigged universe w/ Lady Day
& say yes
straight ahead into the
long haired orbit of time

the fantastic vibrations of Lionel Hampton are w/you
& you are the music

for in the lexicon of jazz
(as always)
it is all good
just bent & blue notes
to give flight to the soul &
lift the spirit

& now dig this :
we all
go w/ you
tenderly
J-A double Z
lost in your sweet crazy
river of love
'cause you know
it's all in the
game

so we'll catch up w/ you
on the flipside
baby

Chuck Niles
The King of Jazz Radio : gone

real gone

but the
music
never
dies

too much man
too much

you always were
something else

again

     ---S.A. Griffin 3.16.04, LosAngeles

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