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I Believe in Yesterday… more
4 days ago
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A JAZZ STORY It was the kind of New York night not fit for man nor beast. Sleet and wind whipping about, snow banks and ice everywhere. With my ‘49 Dodge slipping and sliding on the Village streets, I make my way to the Vanguard to catch the midnight set. The small sign outside the entrance inconspicuously announces: “Bill Evans Trio.” This is the 1962 edition of the trio, reformed after bassist Scott LaFaro’s death the year before; and this is the club where Bill had played his last sets with Scotty, with whom he had such unearthly musical empathy, before the fiery car crash that ended his life. (Those final, magical sessions were captured for posterity on two historic Riverside live albums, Sunday at the Village Vanguard, and Waltz for Debby.) The trio still has Paul Motian on drums, but now features the young Chuck Israels on bass, in the unenviable position of trying to fill LaFaro’s role. As I finish my descent down that famed, steep staircase, I can see that there are only a few people in the club on this winter weeknight. I take a table right in front of the bandstand and order a beer. What a cozy and warm contrast to the storm raging outside, just above this basement jazz oasis; here I am, nestled in my favorite club—which feels even more intimate than usual tonight with so few patrons—and about to hear my very favorite musician. Within a few minutes the trio walks onto the stand, and without any noticeable communication but seemingly as one mind begins playing “How Deep Is the Ocean.” I listen raptly, mostly with my eyes closed. The music is transporting, the interplay like a finely tuned conversation. When the tune ends I clap and in that moment realize with a shock that I am now the only remaining audience member, the few others apparently having slipped out at the start of the set. Zen question: What is the sound of one pair of hands clapping in a jazz club? Answer: Emptiness. And that just felt so wrong, especially given the magnificence of this trio’s music. Bill and his cohorts, however, seem unfazed (how many other times has something like this happened, I wonder) and they continue without comment to the next tune, which I recognize as “How My Heart Sings.” They then go on to play a full forty-five-minute set. As I listen I’m in a weirdly ambivalent state—alternately uncomfortable and rapturous—as I feel bad for the musicians yet am also ecstatic at witnessing this giant playing an entire set for an audience of one…at being that audience of one! I applaud enthusiastically but it’s still very much a hollow and pathetic sound. (Much later I wish I would have jumped from table to table clapping, whistling and cheering to simulate a fuller and more appropriately boisterous audience—perhaps they would have at least gotten a laugh out of that.) At the end of the set I see Bill standing near the stairs and I approach and thank him for the marvelous music. And then, knowing that music at the Vanguard typically continues for a couple more hours—and fully displaying my twenty-year-old naiveté—I actually ask the great Bill Evans if he’s going to play another set! He smiles sweetly, with none of the condescension, irony or even hilarity that would have been fitting under the circumstances, and says simply, no, he doesn’t think so. I bid him goodnight and climb those stairs from the empty club to the blizzard waiting at street level.… more
Aug 2, 2020
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COLORSTORM is an unquenchable Force of Energy and Nature. Forever changing, reaching out from within. We are a team of Truth, giving all who listen the sound that is our soul to create a vibration and self interpretation in the moment , never to be heard in the same way again. We paint a Soundscape. that can only happen with the connection of open minds and open hearts. We play without constructs , we are able to share right here and right now with you. Our creations, a Spark of nature enables luminous artists to shine and bring the listener a sound of our Soul.… more
Jul 28, 2020
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FEEL~ TO HEAL… more
Jul 20, 2020 • Edited
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SYOS~ The Justin Chart Signature Edition… more
Jul 13, 2020
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TIME 🔥 TEMPEST… more
Jul 6, 2020
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THE Justin Chart SIGNATURE SYOS MOUTHPIECE "Justin Chart Signature Model" mouthpiece for both Alto and Baritone Saxophone. Custom built for Freedom, as well as the alluring Beauty that will radiate in the studio and the concert halls of the World. For exquisite playing response and the richness of its tone, SYOS mouthpieces are the Future... because there is no substitute for quality and having a mouth piece built just for me and my sound! With so many colors, and I mean the colors of sound I am able to achieve, both of my mouthpieces have a full upper and lower harmonic balance. My SYOS and I seamlessly glide through the registers. Anytime I'm on a page with John Coltrane, I'm digging it!… more
Jul 3, 2020 • Edited
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Just Jazz I love jazz because it speaks to my soul and never disappoints. The complexity and the improv mean that I never hear the same cut on an album or live performance of a piece the same way twice and it works my mind, body and soul. To me, listening to good jazz is akin to a healing meditation! I love jazz because of its ability to evoke such tremendous emotion... primarily joy! I love jazz because as it is such an interesting style of music which involves improvisation, solos, the interaction between musicians. I love jazz because... of it’s instant composing and rhytmic interesting character: jazz in all it’s different appearings is often able to enrich the very moment, the NOW. And that’s all we have, isn’t it? Jazz is a reflection of life. It is intellectually challenging, rewarding, frustrating, invigorating, fun.. In my studio I have a quote from Confucius, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”. Jazz is a journey that never reaches an end point for any player. It just continues. Jazz combines creativity from the mind, heart, and the gut. It flourishes through my truth and uses melody and rhythm to bridge the musician's creativity and the listener's imagination. I love jazz because it's an area of music where I am free to incorporate everything I've experienced in music, including multiple genres and global cultures, and creatively express myself as a composer and improviser. I play so much as do I express the various styles I've absorbed in a way that is honest and personal. As a Multi - instrumentalist it means I cover a lot of different sounds, and as a composer it means I draw on a lot of different influences quite freely.… more
Jun 26, 2020
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