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MP3 Bruce Arnold - Blue Lotus
This music has a swing beat but the notes chosen for the compositions and improvisation have a strong relationship to serial music. That doesn''t mean it''s particularly dissonant but does have a different sound.
5 MP3 Songs in this album (41:30) !
Related styles: Jazz: Jazz Fusion, Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo, Featuring Guitar
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AN ANCIENT PRACTICE INSPIRES CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION
BRUCE ARNOLD NAMES CD AFTER THE BLUE LOTUS OF EGYPT
Guitarist and composer Bruce Arnold continues his journey into serial based, hexatonic composition and improvisation with five brilliant pieces for jazz trio, on Blue Lotus (MSK 130). Jazz and free improv greats Ratzo B. Harris on bass and Tony Moreno on drums round out the ensemble. These musicians have been working as a trio for fifteen years, and it shows, from the cohesion of the sound, to flashes of improvisational brilliance. The CD is named for one of the tracks, of which Mr. Arnold writes:
I first encountered a blue lotus during a walk-through of the Egyptian wing of the Metropolitan Museum here in New York. According to our guide the Ancient Egyptians had a special feeling for the flower and portraits of goddesses and royal women inhaling the blue lotus date to the beginning of Egyptian history. Not only did it symbolize the rising and setting of the sun—it also had an aroma that was said to be mildly transporting and putting the petals into wine enhanced the feeling. The idea of a blue lotus that operated on a variety of levels intrigued me, and I wrote a highly structured piece and named it for the flower. Most of the other tracks on this CD could be called petals of that same flower, as they spin out of the basic structural ideas* presented more formally in Blue Lotus.
These ideas are part of a versatile system that can be used to create formal compositions
or used in a free improvisational setting, both of which are demonstrated on this CD. And they are equally applicable to traditional jazz oriented music as can be seen in Mr. Arnold’s approach to the duet he played with Stanley Clarke when he received his lifetime achievement award from Bass Player Magazine. (for a link to this performance go to: https://www.tradebit.com the link will be in the upper left hand corner of the home page.)
The other tracks on Blue Lotus are:
“Factorial,” a showcase of the trio’s interactivity,
“Repetitive Behavior,” which explores the use of multiple time signatures,
“Snap Crackle Bop,” a serialized approach to “Rhythm Changes,” and
“Spurge,” another instance where the trio’s chemistry really shines.
A DVD of the trio playing the material on this CD live in concert is forthcoming see https://www.tradebit.com for details.
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*To explain further, the chord progressions are based on four groups of three notes, these same four groups are used in every tune except “Snap Crackle Bop,” which uses another three-note structure that is divided into 4 parallel chord structures. Although this system would appear to have strict limitations, the variety within the music is remarkable. More information about Mr. Arnold’s serial based hexatonic system can be found in his book:
“MY MUSIC: Explorations in the Application of 12 Tone Techniques to Jazz Composition and Improvisation.”
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