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“Into The Eddy” (Meditative and devotional music and poetry.)

Enjoy the meditative grooves, experimental music and soft sounds of “Into The Eddy”.

Dip your thoughts into  the mystic poetry from around the world and throughout the ages.

Enjoy a sample of an early version of Reflections.

Here is a video clip of “Falling Leaves” from the vespers service “The Mystery You Embody”.

More video clips and recordings will be coming soon!

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Twigs ~

Brown and white ~

Straight ~

Narrow ~

Against the ground ~

Pushing up stones ~

To lift and point ~

Twigs back ~

Up ~~

G. Stevens

Here is a new Jazz Folks piece called “Twigs and Stones“. Another tune preparing for the vesper service this coming March.

Melvana Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)

Translation by Coleman Bark

Today, like every other day,
we wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

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Something new? Here is some new material:

Holy Crap! It has been a long time since I visited let alone wrote something for this site. So in lieu of a thoughtful insightful post here are a couple of new songs that I have been working on. Enjoy!


Reflections” is an instrumental piece I wrote anticipating my next vespers service in March of 2012.

I have been doing some songwriting lately for a side project called the “Lucky Dogs” here is a “Lucky Dogs” recording of one of my songs: Leaves Of The Trees

Have a great New Year.

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I have been listening to Bill Frisell for quite a few years now. What the heck kind of music does he play? I really like most of what I have heard, especially his interpretations of folk and traditional music. I never thought to much about what to call his unique type of music, mostly because to me his playing is in its own category, but I know I like it. 

Bill Frisell - live at Jazz Alley, Seattle - 2...

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I heard him play last year with Eyvind Kang & Rudy Royston (a violist and drummer respectively) and it seemed true to what I expected and know of his work. I went to hear him play at the Village Vanguard in New York and boy howdy what a treat that was. I went with a sense of unease because I have never heard him play with horns and wasn’t sure about the whole bebop/jazz thing with Bill. The drummer and saxophone players seemed steeped in what I hear as modern bebop but Bill Frisell was well, Bill Frisell. 

I can only think of how Thelonious Monk approached the piano; bare, sparse, and angular. Bill’s playing captured that same bare and open playing. I really appreciated the space in his playing, it wasn’t blazing cascading mountains of fast notes but an intriguing angular almost melodic line with the notes placed just right. Something I strive for in my playing. 

Here is an interesting interview with Bill by Scott Nygaard: http://www.acguitar.com/issues/ag113/feature113.html 

Bill Frisell - Joe Lovano - Paul Motian

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A picture of the Japanese 13-stringed koto.

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I went to the first set at The Stone on Sunday the 22nd. The set was with Miya Masaoka (koto, electronics) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Satoshi Takeshi (percussion). It was my first time to The Stone. It is a small club on the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street. It was a rainy soggy day and I was glad to get in out of the rain to hear some music. The koto is an instrument that seems to be all about nuance and subtlety and and at times that element was evident. Other times the ensemble created a wall of sound that brought the instrument into another dimension. Mary Halvorson is a great young guitarist. You should check her out if she comes through your town in any one of her many projects.  I enjoyed Satoshi Takeshi’s percussive additions. He played in an understated quiet way that supported the other musicians. His kit was unconventional in that he sat on the floor and had a series of cymbals and other percussion laid out before him.

 I’m looking forward to seeing more shows at The Stone. A cool little venue with interesting music every night.  I love unconventional combinations of instruments so this was a perfect fit for my tastes.

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August 1

We played at the Kasbah Friday August 1st. Dan Brownell a young flute player studying music at Ithaca College sat in with us. Here is a rough recording of a tune from our set with Dan.

Fly Me To The Moon

(If you are reading this on the Jazz Folks web site you need to click on the title of the post and listen to it at the blog site.)

We had a beautiful night to play outside. The moon would appear between the clouds and the birds sang along. Well, maybe the birds were just complaining because we were keeping them awake. The Kasbah stays open as long as the customers keep coming in. We left around 10:00 and they were still going strong.

We should be playing at the Kasbah most Wednesdays starting around 6:00 as well as our first Friday gig. The Wednesday times will be a little more casual, but still a nice night out with good people and good music.

I spent Sunday drifting through New York with Amy. Looked at some beautiful guitars in a little shop on Bleaker St. and had the best latte’ at a little Italian cafe (I forget the name of both places.) Ran in to a friend of mine, Nelson across town with his son. The weather was perfect, not to hot, not to cold. We intended to go and see the Waterfalls installation but got side tracked and never made it.

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I finally got the new web site up. I spent most of July writing and tweaking the new site and I really like how it looks. Lots of information and a feed from this blog. We should have plenty of news about the band coming through the site on a regular basis so keep coming back to see what is new.

I should have a five or six song CD out in the next month or so. It is a mix of some studio work and live recordings at the Kasbah Cafe in New Haven.

We also hope to have an exciting concert series lined up for the next year. The venue and some other details have yet to be worked out but I am excited about the prospect. Stay tuned.

Hope everybody is having a great summer. Ride a bike, have a picnic, listen to the birds sing and go swimming!


August 1
Oh yea the link to the new web site.

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First Post

Well this is a little test run. I am not sure if this is the right idea or not but here it goes. Jazz Folks and what we have played and heard and thought about, and other miscellaneous things. We will be playing at the Kasbah Garden in New Haven CT. this Friday night from 6:00 – 8:00. I’m looking forward to it. I hope to do a new arrangement of Amazing Grace that will segue into Dave Brubeck’s Take Five. How about that for interesting combinations.

I used to write everyday before life got busy so it will be interesting to see how this holds up.

Take care,


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