Miles, Gil, Papa Joe, Sidney & Paul! May birthdays on Gifts & Messages! We also celebrate pianists Stanley Cowell, John Lewis, Sun Ra & Dave McKenna; vocalists Shirley Horn & Betty Carter; saxophonists Arthur Blythe & Sonny Fortune; guitarist Jimmy Ponder, bassist Ron Carter, B-3 master Richard Holmes & flautist James Newton. Do enjoy the show!
Story of the week: "I say two things to students: 'Why are you here?' They don't have an answer. Then, 'Play a C scale two octaves up & down.' They play it. I ask, 'What does that sound like?' They have no idea. So, we've established, in less than a minute, you have no idea why you're here & have no idea what you sound like. The lesson's pretty much over. 'When you figure out one of those, come back and we can start.'" Branford Marsalis (from a recent Downbeat interview).
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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