Philip Larkin in Warwick - 31 December, 1941

from Letter from Philip Larkin to J B Sutton, 31 December 1941, page 29:

Red Allen’s ‘Indiana’ is blasting into my right ear so this letter has a good start. Yes, I bought it, and it’s rather a let-down – not so much as Higginbotham Blues’, and perhaps more so than ‘House in Harlem’, because it has flashes, when Allen plays, of really terrific and significant jazz. I really feel inclined to say that Allen’s ‘finishing jazz’. If possible, hear it – or come over and hear it when you are on leave. ‘Indiana’, due to bloody studio set-up and shitty reproduction, sounds as if the thing is played by tpt, trmbn, clart and piano alone. Edmond…   more >>
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Philip Larkin, Letter from Philip Larkin to J B Sutton, 31 December 1941. In Anthony Thwaite (ed.), Selected Letters of Philip Larkin, 1950-1985 (London, 1992), p. 29. accessed: 20 June, 2024

location of experience: Warwick


Philip Larkin
Academic library, Poet

Listening to

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Indiana performed by and others, Red Allen

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 December, 1941
Medium playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:12:39 +0000