Autograph Sheet Music
Quartet of trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, bass and drums.
Recorded by ECM
Who are Heyoka or Heyoke? Kenny did look up the word Heyoke and discovered that they tend to be spontaneous people who are gifted healers that give other’s what they need, instead of what they desire. Heyoka are people that come into contact with other people who ultimately feel better. Sometimes people are unsure how to react to someone they perceive as very different from themselves, and they don’t understand why.
The heyoka is sometimes seen as a kind of sacred clown in the culture of the Sioux of the Great Plains of North America. The Heyoka is a contrarian, jester, and satirist, who speaks, moves and reacts in the opposite fashion to the people around them.
I suspect that Kenny really enjoyed that description as he really enjoyed to be in the company of people who were different.
Kenny was asked about that word and what he said was that he was very grumpy, and had a very grumpy face when travelling and getting in and out of taxi’s. Drivers especially in the USA and especially in New York would look at Kenny and would shorten the word to S’matta saying to him ‘whats S’matta wid you’ I am certain that he never replied but if he did it would have been with a short ‘grunt’.
A Gnu is a Wildebeest also called a Gnu, and are antelopes of the genus Connochaetes and native to Eastern and Southern Africa. They belong to the family Bovidae, which includes true antelopes, cattle, goats, sheep, and other even-toed horned ungulates. It can reach speeds of up to 80 km/h when running. the wildebeest population has grown from 250,000 alive in 1960, and 1.5 million as of 2020. The only reason that I can think Kenny mentioned The Gnu is that he was happy with the increase in it’s numbers!