Interview with Michael Marcus
MM: Music is an extension of our life experiences along with our dedications in the growth/practice/process of being an artist-jazz musician-an improviser in music-a composer of music in Art. I have entered into these realms and am enjoying the experience immensely!! I now am just starting to feel these realities in evolution in a satisfying way!
AAJ: How you would describe these two recent CDs? The dialog with yourself and the one with a rhythm section?
MM: My new trio recording on Soul Note Blue Reality (with Tarus Mateen-Bass & Jay Rosen-Drums) was fortunately recorded at the end of a European tour. By the time we arrived in Milan, the trio was tight - we developed a spiritual rapport being on the road together, traveling from city to city, doing "one nighters". Tarus Mateen is simply one of the finest contemporary bassists on the scene.
Thanx to Nasheet Waits, I was introduced to this great artist. He has huge ears and an infinite technical flow which contributed to making my new compositions so fresh and shining. Also in this trio is the consummate drummer/percussionist Jay Rosen. Jay can hook up with anyone. He is consistently creative and easy to work with. With Jay, all you have to do is play. I was extremely comfortable with the chemistry of this trio. I performed exclusively on this recording on Straight Alto and Saxello - all my original compositions, except one written by Tarus and myself: "T & M"
As for the solo recording Speakin' Out , I performed on five different woodwinds, expressing my thoughts through my compositions, on that day - wait, it was two separate days!
The challenge in recording a solo record, and it's not a easy thing to do, is of course to keep the listener's interest. I like to keep a groove as I improvise. Call and answer. Refresh and spice the tunes or improvisations with the most important basic ingredient - the blues! I like to tell a story and with the contrast in using different woodwinds, I believe the pallet of sound will let you ride with the sequence of the recording.
Bb clarinet - what a challenge - such a expressive instrument. God bless: John Carter-Jimmy Giuffre-Tony Scott-Dolphy-Alvin Batiste & Rolf Kuhn.
Lastly, I just want to express my gratitude to the people who support my belief that this music is so necessary for this planet EARTH' "well being" Then it will spread through all the extended dimensions of the Universe with its golden light.