Just in case anyone following my posts ever wondered about the relationship between jazz and skateboarding, the seed for that relationship lies in this record. Or rather, in the use of this #johncoltrane classic (oh, and there is #redgarland again too!) in a video called 'Video Days' from 1991, which marked the launch of @blindskate and is hands down the most influential video in skateboarding history. Besides a young @guymariano and @jasonlee , skating to the music of #thejackson5 and #Milk respectively, the movie features the song 'Traineing In' from this 1958 Coltrane album (re-released under this song's title in 1961) as the ideal compliment to an iconic part by #markgonzales. (Completely in line with the diy style of skateboard videos at the time it was creditted as "some damn good jazz", which is 100% correct if you ask me.) Although Video Days showed the world how well jazz combines with footage of a skateboarder flowing through urban surroundings, it was only after a new skateboard company (@stereoskateboards ) made jazz central to its aesthetic and released their first video titled 'Stereo: A visual sound' in 1994 (the significance of which - to skateboarding culture and to me personally - i cannot possibly explain between two brackets), when skateboarding embraced jazz. Many more parts with jazz sountracks followed; one of the most memorable ones being #rickyoyola and #mattreason's part in a 1996 video titled 'Eastern Exposure 2' (or was it 3?), which is still amongst my go-to video parts if I need to hype myself up for a session. It has been a while since I've seen any skatevideo parts with jazz soundtracks come out, but doing a quick solo session at Mile End skatepark in London last Friday some kids about 1/3 my age brought a small boom box to the park with them and began spinning #GrantGreen tracks while flowing through that grafitti overloaded skatepark with a style and ability reminiscent of mark gonzales in his glory days. They would probably not be familiar with most of the above when asked, but i guess there's just something in the combination of creative freedom and ability in both #jazz and #skateboarding that makes the two click.