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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams

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Nellie McKay's Smoldering Voice Takes On Standards Like 'My Romance'

Nellie McKay sings melancholy standards about love on her new album: Sister Orchid. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with McKay about her music that she performs alone.

Harry 'Sweets' Edison On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1999, broadcast just months before Edison died, the legendary jazz trumpeter joins Marian McPartland for a few classics and an original.

Joshua Redman, 'Still Dreaming,' Pays Emotional Tribute To His Father

The revered saxophonist leads an agile post-bop group with Ron Miles on cornet, Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums.

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Bill Mays - The Inventions Trio

Finally, a chamber group that swings! With this unconventional instrumentation of Piano, trumpet and cello, Bill Mays has opened a new page in jazz. With his long time friend and associate, Marvin Stamm and the introduction of classically trained cellist, Alisa Horn, they've produced an inspiring and spirited, both classical and jazz, set of music that is refreshing, thoughtful and original. Marvin’s approach to this music is soft and trained in the classical nuances to give the music its new found dignity, but occasionally reminding us from whence he came by adding a lick or two of bebop while quickly returning to the dignity of the classical posture. As I’ve often said of Marvin’s playing: it’s clear, articulate, each note punctuated by feelings and mood. His swing is subtle but comes from far beneath the veneer of showy, and technical wizardry, he merely gives us the essence of his musical expertise so that we’re able to catch its handle and feel along the emotions and moods of his playing.

Bill Mays has probably done it all. His accomplishments are enormous and too many to list. Just take a glance at his Itinerary. He’s played with everyone from Shelly Manne to Frank Zappa and to see him perform is an exhilarating experience for the listener. I personally recall a duo set he played with Bud Shank in San Diego, sometime ago, that was refreshing, innovative and a kick to see and hear.

The set opens with Baubles, bangles, and beads with just Marvin and Bill. This is one of their favorite tunes that has been featured on some of their other recordings. The exchanges between the trio on Girl with the Flaxen Hair, from a listener’s standpoint, are soothing and as music, brings us to another place.

My favorite track, Invention #8 /Ah-Leu-Cha begins as a Bach exercise terrifically executed by Bill and Marvin. Ah, but then the surprise comes in! They immediately change gears and smoothly go from Bach to Bird. This is how a chamber group swings and remains standing up with complete dignity and poise. When Marvin and Bill play unaccompanied the magic flies and you have to snap your fingers and dig it even when it switches back to Bach.

This is a highly recommended recording for both the classical or jazz aficionados. There is enough here for everyone to enjoy.

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Track Listing:


01 - Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
4:23
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02 - Vocalise
5:00
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03 - Fantasy Mvt 1
9:26
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04 - Fantasy Mvt 2
6:08
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05 - Fantasy Mvt 3
6:05
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06 - Prelude No. 2
4:31
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07 - Prelude Op. 11 No. 3_Sometime Ago
5:07
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08 - Girl With The Flaxen Hair
5:03
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09 - Invention No. 8_Ah-Leu-Cha
5:52
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