Thomas Tedesco & Ocean
I first recorded this album in 1982, and, at the suggest my friends and listeners and am now re-realising.The CD features original compositions and internationally known Jazz Artists: Bobby Bradford Trumpet Roberto Miranda Bass Sherman Ferguson Drums Sartus Percussion Rod Rozzelle Percussion I conceived/wrote this music in the 70"s while living in Venice, California. At that time Venice was affordable, so it was an artist community, lots of inspiration and creativity which coincided with the era (60's & 70"s). A condescending, conservative, political climate had not yet emerged. There was lots of music happening at any one time. There were four to six jazz clubs, tea houses and out door venues that I regularly worked in. The opportunity for expression, experimentation and growth was abundant. This music reflects the progressive attitude that was in the air during the times. Many people were trying to end violence/war, and construct a more compassionate, civil society. There was mass resistance to against racism, poverty and the destruction of the environment. This is still happening today, however, it has very little visibility. Life was quite different then, the education system served the people, and the media was willing to tell the truth. These composition reflect my experiences in those days, experiences I envisioned and ideals that I wanted to express. I feel music is food for the soul, and speaks to the subconscious, the inner being. And my intent is to be a part of the art form that uplifts our spirits, causes a sense of compassion, insight and creativity. To be a part of the art form that ennobles and dignifies life and ultimately beautifies life. So, let our music be endowed with rhythm, harmony and melody. Let our rhythm be not just a beat, but rich in polyrhythums, and highly syncopated to effect inclusively and honor diversity. Let our music be rich in harmony, the language of the heart, to effect compassion and give us a appreciation of the dignity of all life. Let our music be rich with melodies, the wisdom in the mind, enabling one to pierce the form and perceive truth. Reviews when first released: The musicianship of all concerned is impressive, often outstanding.....the level of excitement is high.....there is powerful music here JAZZ TIMES 6/84 FOUR STARS, both challenging and rewarding.....fluid interaction.....Thedesco is a flawless technician who tends toward intricate, yet never routinely virtuosic single note lines.....formidable group identity that few such ensembles achieve on there first recording DOWNBEAT 8/83 The music is both spontaneous and strongly directed and reflects very strong feelings at work within the group, in concept and execution.....Tedesco's music is thoughtful and provocative OTTAWA CITIZEN 3/83.