Cannonball Adderley...Sax, Miles Davis...Trumpet, Sam Jones...Double Bass, Hank Jones...Piano...Art Blakey...Drums. From the 1958 album Somethin' Else.
Some car manufacturers clearly didn't get the memo. With America's "big three" motor companies on life support, it was supposed to be a glitz-free, austere Detroit motor show this year in preparation for the possibility of mourning.
General Motors and Chrysler are cutting staff salaries and slashing every cost to the bone as they struggle to survive on emergency loans as effective wards of the US state. GM can't even afford to run the escalators at its headquarters during evening hours while Ford has scaled back office cleaning from nightly to weekly, according to the New York Times.
So was it appropriate for Mercedes to serve up lobster risotto, merlot and créme brûlée as it launched its new E-class sedan at Detroit's swankiest new hotel – the Westin Book Cadillac?
Several swanky sports carmakers – including Porsche and Ferrari - discretely pulled out of this year's show. But Lamborghini flew the flag with a decidedly unreconstructed exhibition stand featuring twig-thin models smiling seductively alongside rich boys' toys masquerading as modes of transport.
Then there was Britain's Bentley, which for some reason decided that Detroit would be a good place to launch a £146,100 deluxe convertible featuring massage chairs and a lockable ski cabinet in the boot.
Bentley's sales and marketing director, Stuart McCullough, helpfully showed me that the grain on the hand-made wood panelling matched perfectly on both front doors of the Continental GTC Speed. He was engagingly combative when I asked him whether he expected to sell many of the 200mph cars in down-at-heel Detroit. "That's a silly question," said McCullough. "At a Detroit show, you're aiming to put cars on sale for the rest of the world."
He pointed out that he'd done interviews with Chinese, Russian and Middle Eastern television from the show. Fair enough, I suppose. After all, Bentley provides a livelihood for 4,000 British workers.
Over on the Aston Martin stand, salesman Ron Pond was cheerfully chatty. He said the celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who owns an Aston Martin DB9, had popped round earlier for a look at the firm's latest range. When members of the public arrive to gawp at Aston Martin's stand, Pond has a polished technique for deciding who should be allowed beyond a plexiglass barrier to be treated as a serious buyer.
"I say to them 'Well, sir, what kind of sports car do you currently enjoy?" Pond explains. "If they say a Mazda MX5, they're not going to spend the money for an Aston Martin."
With a dozen or so manufacturers absent from the show this year, China's top carmakers – Brilliance and BYD – were elevated from their previous spot in the basement of Detroit's Cobo convention centre to take stands alongside America's loss-making elite.
That meant there was a big gap to fill downstairs. So the organisers came up with a test track allowing visitors to try electric cars through an elaborate impromptu landscape of tropical trees, shrubs and waterfalls.
After signing several forms and being rather pedantically breathalysed, your correspondent went for a spin in a Mitsubishi iMiEV – a nifty little plug-in car set to go on sale in Japan this year.
I can report that the engine was disconcertingly silent but that the car was comfortable and smooth to handle. At least, that's as far as I could tell - I wasn't allowed to go above 15mph.
The company may be teetering on the brink of financial oblivion but Chrysler has come up with some unusual ideas for dashboard gizmos. Chrysler displayed a "concept car" boasting something called "vehicle networking" which allows you to link up with your driving buddies.
A map on the dashboard will show the location of "buddy" vehicles and will direct you to them. You can share instant messages, share directions and music and the car will even guide you to them.
Then there's a "teen setting" which, in a slightly Big Brother way, allows parents to keep track of young drivers by limiting their speed and their distance from home – and even by alerting mum and dad when their movement becomes erratic.
A year ago, Chrysler launched a new Dodge Ram truck at the motor show by herding a bunch of bulls through downtown Detroit. Chrysler's vice-chairman, Jim Press, apologised for the lack of cattle this year: "We had the cows all signed up but they were called to Washington to talk to the cow czar."
For good measure, he added: "It's a bear market, anyway."
Finally, the least convincing bit of spin at this year's motor show came from Ford's chairman, Bill Ford.
"In spite of the many challenges we face, I can honestly say I've never been more excited about our prospects for the future," said the great-grandson of Henry Ford.
Has anybody told Bill that Ford has lost $24bn since 2005 – and that US car sales are expected to plunge to a 27-year low this year?