Saturday, August 14, 2010


14 August 2010

Recently I've been meditating as to who is the most important of all jazz musicians.

A few weeks ago, I would have identified Mingus for all-around genius. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting is a layered performance that can be continuously revisited, and still not exhausted.

However, recently I've been listening to John Coltrane's "Attaining" on Sun Ship.

Wow! It's a hard call. Mingus was consistently brilliant in his work, but Coltrane was versatile. Perhaps it is a limit of the structure of our human minds that causes us to ask such questions, which are perhaps pointless.

All I can say is, for a Friday night, Attaining by John Coltrane can take you places that few other pieces of music can possibly do.

Mingus. Coltrane. Genius.

There are more, many more of them. Our world is a better place for the creators!

Thank you.


  1. Hey Laurence,

    We miss your sharp analysis of the Markets...Where are you? Don't give up just yet...Please. It Ain't pretty going forward it seems....!!!

  2. No problem! I've been setting up a new home-office, and have had no free time since July. Short take on the gold market: I expect some consolidation here, but given seasonal and technical factors, gold can still move higher. As for gold stocks, they have already broken out to new highs and are testing their new levels right now. Only one toe is in the water here, so to speak. There is certainly no mania - and we are most of a decade away from any "bubble." Timing is always a mystery to me, so I don't know how long any retrenchment will last. I've taken out perhaps 10-15% in cash, but am otherwise still invested in gold and silver shares (with a bit in general mining, specifically BHP Billiton, about which I have posted in the past. Our largest positions are in ATAC Resources (due to its explosive appreciation), Goldcorp and Franco Nevada. I am presently looking at Gold Resource, Andean American Gold and Minera Andes Warrants. I think that about sums it up.