Pool of Isolation

From a profile of Lester Young, by Julia Blackburn, in With Billie (2005):

He stands there in a pool of isolation, clutching the saxophone, one leg placed in front of the other to give him better balance, and his heavy-lidded eyes almost closed. If the music goes well, he might suddenly break into a private tiptoeing dance–he was a wonderful dancer, with such a quality of looseness in his movements that he seemed to float just above the surface of the floor. But if things are not going well, then he might turn his back on the audience, to hide his tears.

Twin or

All and on


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