|"John Lewis 'dreaming'..." A tribute to the director and co-founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet who died in March, 2001. His delicate and sparkling jazz piano sounds will live on! (Click on image for large pic)||"Jazz piano fantasy..." The delicate, but swinging jazz improvisations by John Shea, a West Michigan jazz pianist, are introspective, wide ranging, and travel through portals into fantasy dimensions.|
|"Charlie'Bird' Parker always flew in other dimensions..." The "Bird", 1920-1955, one of the most imaginative sax soloists in the history of jazz, is still a fantastic force in contemporary jazz today.||"Mingus Mingus Mingus..." The dynamic and fantastic jazz compositions by Charles Mingus inspired this fantasy environment with Charles and his double bass at one with a unique gum tree. His sometimes angry, but mostly joyful jazz inspires my imagination.|
"Dave Brubeck and his magic piano soars..." Dave's experiments with unusual time signatures and classical devices has created a special jazz sound. I sketched his combo on the back of a program at a concert and worked it into my computer.
|"A love supreme ll..." After an enlightening religious experience, John Coltrane praised God with his jazz compositions, and played his saxophone to His glory. His composition "A love supreme" made him a saint to many jazz lovers.|
|"A love supreme lll..." I was inspired to draw another version of this title by the fantastic layering, textures, and collage effects possible with computer mediated drawing.||"Birdsax..." In this fantasy composition, I drew Charlie"Bird" Parker as a combination bird and saxophone flying high and into alternate dimensions. The electrical environment expresses Charlie and my computer art.|
|"Meditations...soprano sax dreaming..." John Coltrane, 1926-1967, played his saxophone as if he were on a spiritual journey to another dimension. His quest was to glorify God with his jazz music compositions.||"Jazz piano dreaming..." Lennie Tristano, although blind physically, exhibits a deep, introspective vision of the jazz sounds and expressions of the piano in a mysterious and imaginative manner.|
|"Keyboard dreaming..." The joyful and mysterious sounds of jazz musicians improvising, discovering, searching, and struggling, inspire me in my struggles with visual art expressions.||"Oscar Peterson wails..." Oscar is a virtuoso jazz pianist with great harmonic insight and fantastic concepts of textures, rhythm, and patterns. I have attempted to express these characteristics in this composition.|
|"Fats Navarro wailed..." Though he died at the age of 26, in 1949, Navarro continued to influence later jazz trumpet musicians with his deft phrasing and his passionate bebop solos.||"Other dimensional improvisations..." In this composition, I tried to express the always surprising oneness of two or more jazz musicians working together in imaginative, creative improvisations.|
The use of the term
"dreaming" as part of some of the titles of my art does not
refer to the state of dreams
unreality, but as the Aboriginal people of Australia use it to refer to
a state of a reality beyond the mundane.
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