Racer Sessions Presents: Dick Valentine And Pete Leinonen May 8

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Racer Sessions Presents: Dick Valentine And Pete Leinonen May 8 says
Sunday, May 8, Dick Valentine and Pete Leinonen host Racer Sessions with an improvisatory love letter, thank-you note and time capsule: Remembering the Masters.

When we play a tune from memory, we say we know the song "by heart." Listeners and players alike are encouraged to consider this as something more than a mere figure of speech.

This evening we propose to present a set of free jazz, by which term we mean improvised music incorporating idioms appropriated from the rich traditions of Great Black Music.

One way of looking at it, Free Jazz is the Research and Development department of popular music. In recent months we've been investing energy and time in reviewing and re-working a few selected compositions from the jazz canon, that is to say, those short masterpieces used and re-used over and over again on recordings, on stages, in club performances, and at jam sessions everywhere. Going deeper into these materials we find, as so many before us have found, deep inarticulate emotions within the confines of carefully constructed little melodies, and immense reserves of power lurking in a dynamic change from pianissimo to mezzo piano.

For the open/improv set of the Session, we encourage players to offer music from deep within, melodies with emotional implications, and messages that carry weight when played softly and with care.
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By: Dick Valentine

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