One day back in 1989 while I was talking to my mother and telling her about playing with Cecil, she said his name and said that he sounded familiar. Then she claimed, "I know Cecil Taylor!" She proceeded to dig up her Flushing High School Yearbook and there, lo and behold, not only CT's photo along with my mother's photo but Cecil's signing of my mother's yearbook! Coooool...
Some weeks later I brought the yearbook over to Cecil's to show him. As he mulled over the photos and inscription it was obvious that the wayback machine had kicked in and "the coin", as ethereal as it was, had dropped. Cooool...
I'm thrilled to be included in this new book by Scott Yanow. Quite an undertaking. Great job Scott!
To see TV video clip featuring JB's tune "Funkyard" click youtube link below. And go to www.ohny.org for more info about the architectural events.
Portals For this project I decided to include the listener in the journey, in its raw state, as the music was being conceived and developed. Much of the music was recorded at the very moment it was being discovered. As I improvised off of a few main themes, bridging freedom with form, using construction/deconstruction and reconstruction applications, a fresh approach emerged. For me, one of the most gratifying discoveries from working in this realm was the birth of new techniques to execute and implement the “real time” ideas. - JB
Featuring -Billy Cobham, Mitchel Forman, Dennis Chambers, Russell Tubbs, Jim Beard, Matt Garrison, Gary Husband and Vinnie Colaiuta, Nguyên Lê, Renau Garcia-Fons, Tino Di Geraldo, Kudsi Erguner, Pascal Bournet, HR Big Band, Ron Thaler, Gregg Bendian, Adam Holzman, Glenn Alexander, Eric Friedlander, John Patitucci, Trinity, Mahavishnu Project, Billy Ward, Pete McCann, John Stowell, Lucas Pickford & Steve Hunt, Gustavo Assis Brasil , John Bruschini, Jon Herington, Bob Malach, Jim Nolet, Jeff Hirshfield, Wild Strings Quartet, Radio.string.quartet.vienna , Vic Stevens, Percy Jones, David Fiuczynski, Gianfranco Continenza, Mark Egan, Mads Tolling, Göran Klinghagen, Richard Smith
Special Thanks to: John Abercrombie, Mark Anderson, Gustavo Assis-Brasil, Gregg Bendian, Jim Beard, Pascal Bournet, John Bruschini, Ric Calic, Dennis Chambers, Gianfranco Continenza, Petra Deka, Mitchel Forman, Alex Gunia, Jon Herington, Steve Hunt, Gary Husband, Franz Holtmann, Richard Leo Johnson, Frank Kleinschmidt, Göran Klinghagen, Walter Kolosky, Matthias Krauss, Siggi Loch, Pete McCann, Lukas Pickford, Richard Smith, Clive Stevens, Vic Stevens, Olaf Stötzler, John Stowell, Frank Tafuri, Ron Thaler, Mads Tolling.
Paying affectionate homage to jazz greats is a tricky business, especially when it comes to an artist like John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra is considered by many to be the greatest Jazz-fusion group of all time. The group was formed in late 1970-early 1971 by McLaughlin, a brilliant guitarist with a jazz-rock pedigree that included work with the Graham Bond Organisation in the mid-60s, and with the electrified Miles Davis on his landmark "Bitches Brew" LP in 1969.
Featured are former McLaughlin members Billy Cobham, Mitchel Forman, Dennis Chambers, Russell Tubbs, Jim Beard, Matt Garrison, Gary Husband and Vinnie Colaiuta as well as an assemblage of excellent musicians and bands from all over the world. Nguyên Lê, Renau Garcia-Fons, Tino Di Geraldo, Kudsi Erguner, Pascal Bournet, HR Big Band, Ron Thaler, Gregg Bendian, Adam Holzman, Glenn Alexander, Eric Friedlander, John Patitucci, Trinity, Mahavishnu Project, Billy Ward, Pete McCann, John Stowell, Lucas Pickford & Steve Hunt, Gustavo Assis Brasil , John Bruschini, Jon Herington, Bob Malach, Jim Nolet, Jeff Hirshfield, Wild Strings Quartet, Radio.string.quartet.vienna , Vic Stevens, Percy Jones, David Fiuczynski, Gianfranco Continenza, Mark Egan, Mads Tolling, Göran Klinghagen, Richard Smith, etc. Track 2 comes from N.Y.C. John Bruschini guitarist, who is well known for his versatility and has performed in many of the city’s popular clubs and performance spaces including The Knitting Factory, Visiones, Condon’s, S.O.B.’s, The 55 Bar, CBGB’s and other venues. Performing with the likes of Cecil Taylor, Dave Douglas and Myra Melford, guitarist John Bruschini may be a known quantity in the New York City environs. On “Way Down” he has put together a great band - Robert Aries [keyboards] (John Scofield, Bill Evans [sax]), Jeff Hirshfield [drums] (Dr. John, John Zorn, Randy Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley), Jim Nolet [viola] (Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry), Kip Reed [bass] (Gil Evans, Tania Maria).
1. Gary Husband - Celstial Terrestrial Commuters 2. Nguyen Le - Dding Dek 3. Mithcel Forman - Thousand Island Park 4. Pascal Bournet - Guardian Angels 5.HR Big Band with Billy Cobham - Eternity's Breath 6. Ron Thaler - Some Timeless 7. Mahavishnu Project - Sanctuary 8. Jim Beard - In All Her Finery 9. Pete McCann - JM 10. john Stowell - A Lotus on Irish Streams 11. Trinity Xperiment - Visions of Fire 12. Lucas Pickford & Steve Hunt - The Wish 13. Gustavo Assis-Brasil - The Same Day
1. Wild Strings Quartet - Trilogy 2. John Bruschini - Way Down 3. Radio String Quartet Vienna - Meeting of the Spirits 4. Dennis Chambers - Paris on Mine 5. Goran Klinghagen Trio - Do You Hear Voices that You Left Behind 6. Mahavishnu Project String Quartet - La Mere De La Mer/Smile of the Beyond 7. Vic Stevens - Would You Like to Dance? 8. Kimo Williams & Kimotion - John's Blues 9. Pascal Bournet & Enrique Alberti - Open Country 10. Gianfranco Continenza - One Word 11. Mads Tolling - Song To John 12. Richard Smith - Cosmic Strut
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