Lisa Simpson: Oh, Dad, why did he have to die?
Homer Simpson: Well, it's like the time that your cat Snowball got run over.
Lisa: Uh huh.
Homer: Remember, honey?
Homer: What I'm saying is, all we have to do is go down to the pound and get a new jazzman.
Lisa: (wailing) Oh, Dad!
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By complete accident, we found this interesting site called the Occupational Information Network, which breaks down -- in almost excruciating detail -- the quantifiable tools one needs for a wide-ranging number of professions, from "Able Seaman" to "Zoologist." So we typed in "Jazz Musician" and although it didn't give us anything THAT specific, it still offered us a breakdown of the skills deemed most/least important for working musicians as a whole. Hmmmm...
[Photo by William Claxton]
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Wait, is it that time already? Why, I do believe it is! Next week, October 23, is drop-day down here at the Crypto Nerve Center with the release of our Fall 2007 offerings: Trio M's Big Picture and Alan Pasqua's The Antisocial Club.
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We feel a little weird getting all excited about our new releases while half of Southern California burns, but we would like to mention that Trio M's Big Picture and Alan Pasqua's The Antisocial Club are out today -- AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED!!! (OK there, we've said it.) We already previewed Big Picture in one of our previous posts, but we'd like to focus on Mr. Pasqua's first Crypto drop since 2005's My New Old Friend.
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Well, The Anti Social Club is finally out. I can just hear people talking after they listen to it for the first time. "Wow, I didn't know Alan Pasqua played Fender Rhodes. It must be something new he's been working on..." The Anti Social Club is not a new branch of my creative tree, rather a return to it's roots. All that nice, pretty introspective piano trio and quartet music that I recorded (Milagro, Dedications, Live at Rocco, Badlands, My New Old Friend, Body and Soul, Standards, etc) is certainly music that I love.
But The Anti Social Club is conceptual music that I evolved with in my early years. I never played in a piano trio in Boston. I never played in an acoustic quartet there either. Everything I did was ELECTRIC. I played in a band whose leader was a great trumpet player/ composer named Stanton Davis. That is where is learned the ropes. Stanton was a protege of George Russell, and like George was many years ahead of his time. Stanton Davis and Ghetto Mysticism. 1974. Here's what we looked like:
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Well, we're nearing the end of our little tour...Gilbert Isbin, Scott Walton and me...and after a successful concert with Vinny Golia at deWerf in Brugge, Belgium, we managed to stumble into a most amazing situation. Bennie Maupin had recommended that we try to get a gig at a little jazz club called "A Love Supreme" in the basement of a guest house, in Zakopane, Poland, and through Bennie's good graces, we managed to secure one. Zakopane is a tiny resort town in the Tatras mountains about an hour and a half outside of Krakow. It was the home of the great Polish composer Karol Szymanowki, and a place where Poles and knowledgeable European tourists (mostly from Ireland) come to relax and recreate. The mountains are magnificent, and the situation at the guest house is idyllic. Here's a link to the guest house and club.
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