Turbulence 1977

Turbulence 1975 – recorded at Music Grinder Studios, Composition – Craig Pallett, Leon Gaer bass solo, Michael Morera Sax solo. David Crigger – drums, Steve Bartek, David Storrs – Guitars, Phil Alying, Bob Carr – Saxes, George Thatcher, Doug Wintz – trombones, Danny Ackerman, Craig Pallett – Trumpets, Lou Korell – French Horn. David was kind enough to recently transfer this song from analog tape……

 

David Crigger recently scanned in a few pictures from 1977 – Hollywood, CA,  Pilgrimage Theater, known now as John Anson Ford Theater. 

In the photo Michael Morera, Phil Alying , Bob Carr, Craig Pallett, Lou Korell David Crigger, Gil Rathel, Brien Matson, Leon Gaer, Rich Bullock, Steve Bartek, David Storrs

Morera/Pallett Project SoundCloud

Few new pieces, rough mixes, of music I’ve been writing for a project with Michael Morera. Flat no effects, no mix, just roughs. Playlist below, is loaded up using SoundCloud which I have been testing.

Tracks are just improvisations by Michael, over my tracks. Currently finding a few other musicians to play this live. Michael was the primary soloist with a big band I co-lead with David Crigger called Turbulence. He lives over the hill, and we have been having a bit of fun working on this new music.

Exquisite – Malcolm McNab

Have been listening lately to the most amazing trumpet performance.
Appears that this CD has been out for a few years, but I just heard about it a few weeks ago.
It’s called Exquisite by Malcolm McNab.

The Violin Concerto of Tchaikovsky is the most incredible trumpet performance I have heard. 

Malcolm is one of the top LA studio musicians. He is also a fellow student of my teacher James Stamp. I never met Malcolm when studying with Jimmy, but Jimmy always mentioned him to me, as a point of reference.  I did meet Malcolm in 2000 when Steve Bartek invited me to the session for a movie called “Snow Day”. Malcolm was the only trumpet in a 75 piece orchestra. I enjoyed our conversation at the time, though I don’t remember much about it.

Irving Bush 1930 – 2009

Irving Bush was this outstanding trumpet player.
I met him when studying with James Stamp.
Jimmy had me playing his mouthpieces when I was young.

I actually don’t remember if he was a student of Jimmy or simply an associate.
But I do remember playing a duet with him, at one of my lessons, and Jimmy played the piano.
I was so young at the time, probably 17, that I didn’t even know who he was.
You learn a lot from such musical interaction.
He actually had a really great mouthpiece.

He was always kind and instructive to me, at a very young age.
I always appreciated that.
My heart goes out to his family, friends and students.

Online article

Living in a Hopper Painting


Very strange, found out today that our house in Vermont, is actually a 1938 Edward Hopper Painting.

An Art Historian/writer called the other day and explained that they had discovered this, and wanted to take pictures.

Painting is called “Vermont Sugar House” saw that it sold in 2007 for over $800,000. Seems that he stayed at the original farm that this Sugar shack was a part of.

The view remains the same, and the original structure is actually the center of our house. Our studio is directly connected to one side, the other our living space.

Appears that he stayed on the property and also painted a number of other works, one in the Boston MFA called 1st Branch of the White River, is the view from the other side of our property, off our driveway entrance. Yikes this is all I need at the moment….. Appears that this is the only structure he painted in Vermont, rest of the pieces are Landscapes. The auction catalog, mentioned that the “The landscape Hopper saw, as an artist, It only exists in his paintings, nowhere else… that the actual view doesn’t matter..” Well, 70 years later the view still looks the same, maybe a few trees have changed, but he did capture what is here..  

So several questions come to mind. Is this actually my reality, or a Hopper reality? Did I destroy a piece of art by building a house, not knowing a piece of art existed?

Probably the actual reality is, that the picture is worth more than the actual place. A place in time for one artist at one moment.

Think I would find living in a Miro painting much more interesting.

 

 

Links

Christies

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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