Reflections From The Firepool was recorded between 1988-1989 and represents the freshman CD release by the highly regarded Southern California based progressive rock band, “Djam Karet”. Repackaged and reissued on the “Cuneiform” label, this is the recording that opened up some doors for the band, as their overall sound and style eventually blossomed and matured. And besides the musician’s propensities to churn out booming rhythms, blistering cavalcades of crunch chords and dynamic lead soloing, the band is equally adept at melding multilayered EFX and ambient themes into the grand scheme of things. With this effort, we detect an inkling of the initial foundations or perhaps, modus operandi for future endeavors.
“Djam Karet” has expanded their repertoire since the initial release of this recording while also receiving their fair share of critical acclaim. Here, the band goes for the jugular as they pursue impacting motifs amid heated interplay and cunning developments, in a loud yet purposeful sort of way. Hence, Reflections From The Firepool serves as an insightful introduction to a group who subsequently produced a series of thoroughly impressive recordings while also becoming one of the finest and most entertaining progressive rock bands on the globe! (For additional information check out the July edition of All About Jazz.com or click on the following link: ( Djam Karet )
Gayle Ellett; electric guitar, keyboards, taped effects, mic stand & percussion: Mike Henderson; electric & acoustic 6-string & 12-string guitars, effects & percussion: Chuck Owen, Jr.; drums, synthesizer programming & sequencing & electronic percussion: Henry J. Osborne; electric bass, bottled bass, keyboards, chain & percussion
Track listing: 1) The Sky Opens Twice 2) Fall Of The Monkeywalk 3) Run Cerberus Run 4) Scenes From The Electric Circus 5) Animal Origin 6) All Doors Look Alike 7) The Red Monk 8) Reflections From The Firepool
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.