Sadly Alice Coltrane passed away on my birthday, this past Friday. She was 69. Strangely I did not find out until today after reading Floodwatch. His tribute is better than anything I could write – so one should read it.
A lot of people just consider her “John Coltrane’s wife” – but she was way more than that, in fact her career as a successful musician predates their marriage and continued well on past John’s death. Her harp playing was perhaps the best in the world, no doubt in the jazz world. She was also an accomplished pianist and composer. If you don’t already own Universal Consciousness, you should do yourself a favor to your mind, body and soul.
What’s moderately bizarre is that I picked up a McCoy Tyner record called Extentions on Saturday with Al at the Soundgarden. The reason I picked it up was because I saw on the back of the record that Alice Coltrane played harp on it. Sadly she passed away the day before.
Herbie Hancock’s Future2Future, of course, blew me away. Go figure, right?
There’s something about Herbie that’s just incredibly fluid and emotional that truely speaks to me on a non-pretentious level that a lot of jazz can hit on quickly.
Aside from the super heavy keyboard mix, the DVD was rather incredible. Cool multiple angle features which were cool for the first 5 minutes then I forgot about them. Terri Lyne Carrington laid down funk and jazz grooves like there was no tomorrow. I also noticed she had a Remix cymbal. Matthew Garrison played the bass and really impressed me. Being the son of Jimmy Garrison must be a tough thing to ride on your shoulders, but he held his own and then some. Wow.
My only complaint was that the only Headhunters era song we got was Chameleon. I really would have loved to see a live version of Watermelon Man or Hornets from Sextent. Yum.
Regardless, it was a great Netflix find. Do it do it.
I’ve had a magical long weekend.
Saturday was spent in Takoma Park at David R’s house mixing down our found sounds from our minidiscs on to his computer in Audacity. Audacity is this great open source sound editor. If you are looking for something to edit music or sounds, this is your software. Simplicity at it’s best.
So our podcast found sound project, dubbed: Silence Is So Accurate finally came through on Saturday [photos]. We had been talking about this idea for a few weeks now, if not months while we were collecting our original sounds. Our concept was to find sounds and collect them. We’d find everyday sounds that are most often overlooked and we would piece them together in to a cohesive sentance. There is no limit to length or the amount of sounds or the amount of layers of sounds. It was pretty liberating creating this with David. Especially with him at the wheel on the computer. So check it out. Enjoy it and try to listen with headphones as it will better your experience. And listen often. Comment there if it moves you. We’ll try to have a new podcast next month.
After I left David’s I went to our neighbors house to check up on the 3 dogs I am taking care of for the weekend. They are so cute. And then we packed our overnight bag and headed to Baltimore to meet Nan and Bob and my parents at Cafe Hon. It was fun. I got the cod. My parents got the salmon. Tasty! After that we went back to Nan and Bob’s house and had dessert and coffee and tea. Shortly after my parents left, I got really tired and layed down on the pull-out couch and watched cable tv. That was pretty much all we did on Sunday as well. It is always nice and relaxing there. It’s like our summer home.
Sunday night David R. picked me up and we headed downtown to Twins to meet up with David O. and a coworker of David R’s. It was Sunday’s open mic night where all these musicians come out and play jazz. Typically it’s peope who have never met each other. But they leave their egos at the door and and lay down serious shit. There was this girl who was just learning to play jazz, but she still got up there with these serious jazzcats and layed it down like she’d been playing for 40 years. It was inspirational and liberating and amazing. I feel like this is my new Brickskeller. This method spoke to me. What was really cool was recognizing the Miles Davis or Coltrane cuts they played. I knew the music. It felt good. It felt home.