BACH HEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME
A JAZZ IMPROVISATION ON “SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE”
How—how do you do that?
The beat that stays and breaks,
the theme there but not there,
inverting, stretching, sideways.
Is it sideways? And that bass line,
as if walking on organ pedals,
—that pace. Now you’re turning
it again, aren’t you? Around
the progression but there’s a—no,
wait! Oh, the intervals holding
the tension! Oh, please, please!
Show me how it’s done!