Today, I remember Mad Thad. Born on March 28th, 1923. He would have been 90 years old.
A Michigan man.
He played with everyone, a true populist. The democracy of Hard Bop. Dexter Gordon, Milt Jackson, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Sonny Stitt, Ben Webster, Count Basie, and more.
In 1957, he recorded “Mad Thad.”
On that album, he played with my man Doug Watkins.
The Hard Bop of Watkins.
On that record, a cut called “Quiet Sip,” written by Thad himself.
Tonight, Mr. Jones and me, we don’t go in for the myth of Spanish dances. We know their names are not Maria. We don’t want to be Bob Dylan.
All we want, Mr. Jones and me, is a Quiet Sip.
All I want, Mr. Jones, is a Quiet Sip.
To you, Mad Thad, a quiet toast.