Gorky didn’t like jazz; in a 1928 article he described it thus:
“An idiotic little hammer knocks drily: one, two, three, ten, twenty knocks. Then, like a clod of mud thrown into crystal-clear water, there is wild screaming, hissing, rattling, wailing, moaning, cackling. Bestial cries are heard: neighing horses, the squeal of a brass pig, crying jackasses, amorous quacks of a monstrous toad…this excruciating medley of brutal sounds is subordinated to a barely perceptible rhythm. Listening to this screaming music for a minute or two, one conjures up an orchestra of madmen, sexual maniacs, led by a man-stallion beating time with an enormous phallus.”
Did Gorky have a premonition of the Buddy Rich (b: 30 June 1917; d: 2 April 1987) Orchestra?
Belated hat-tip (from 2002): Dan Augustine