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Riding The Moment With Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh

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My guests are sound creators of the highest order. They both have been extrapolating off the grid for the last 50 years. One got noticed and appreciated by John Hammond which sparked a career on Columbia. The other was playing with JJ Johnson & an unknown Barbara Streisand @ Champagne Urbana.

Both of my guests came to San Francisco in the middle part of the 1960s. They were established jazz musicians who could play funk or pop or blues or free music for a living. They were mentors for a whole crop of young pianists and percussionists who wanted to play outside the box.

They played quite a bit together in a trio setting with the late great Mel Graves or in larger units with the venerable Ratzo Harris playing Syzygy @ The venerable Arch Studios.

Like a scarf in the wind their music dances, at times frenetically like a manic patient seeking cognitive therapy my guests go deep inside the cranial membrane to extract new ideas and sequence them in free form music that is comprised of multiple keyboards, tom toms, synths, high hats, Cungas and grand stein ways.  The music they play represents an amalgamation of their experiences traveling through Moab Utah or the City Winery or the spiritual holy lands of Australia.

In this hosts mind my guests continue to collaborate because of love. One love that they feel in a sweaty pool of inspiration on those Sunday afternoons when they get to improvise for several hours and leave exhausted yet cleansed from their other worlds of academia and private practice.

Still Riding The Moment Dr. Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh welcome to the JFS

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