Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"FIRST ANCESTOR" The Brink/Jeff Phillips & Friends (2002)

 Star-trail, Castle Hill, New Zealand
Dr. Fiorella Terenzi & Jeff Phillips,
NASA Goldstone Radio-telescope, 1992

The Brink/Jeff Phillips & Friends



Recorded at Duke Dixon's, Oxford, Canterbury New Zealand May 2002
Engineered by Duke Dixon & Ian McAllister
Production:  Ian McAllister, Jeff Phillips

Carmel Courtney:  saxophones, vocals
Redford 'Dread' Grennel:  drums & percussion
Jeff Phillips:  Steinway 9-foot grand piano, electric bass, shaker egg

with additional tracks by

James Wilkinson:  six-string fretless bass w/E-bow
Blake Dyer:  trombone, mouthpiece

Spoken Word:  from Wisdom Walking series, Barry Brailsford
Cover photo:  Jeff Phillips star-trail, Castle Hill, Canterbury, NZ

"This very spatial...I mean, special...piece of music is inapired by and dedicated to 'Te Wai Pounamu', the South Island of Aotearoa, and the ancient Waitaha peoples of Lemuria who once lived here.  Originally a jam between three musicians who had never played together before, 'First Ancestor' has evolved into a fully-blown expression of 'geo-sidereal psychedelic-acoustic space-jazz.'  After the initial jam, the legendary James Wilkinson returned from Melbourne and added an often-brilliant bass-line;  later I filled in some simpler parts, and Blake 'boned' us.  I've added such sonic anomalies as galaxy sounds from Dr. Fiorella Terenzi, environmental acoustics from David Dunn, and songs of the hump-back whale.  Barry Brailsford tells us that 'stone is the first ancestor.' There you have it. Enjoy!

Jeff Phillips
Christchurch New Zealand
September 2002

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