Nii Ayikwei Parkes

M is for Madrigal

Now out of print. This collection of seven jazz poems, anchored in the politics and musical energy of the 1960s, revealed Nii Ayikwei Parkes as a poet with a keen ear for both tone and undertone. Three of the poems – So What, All Blues and Someday My Prince Will Come – were recorded in a one-night-only session with young UK saxophonist, Andre Brown, in London; the project, recorded at the world famous Poetry Café, is called Nocturne of Phrase. Jazzwise magazine describes the listening experience as the sliding of ‘penetrating verses into the path of the agile young saxophonist Andre Brown’.