Re: [fearnwhiskey] Fearnwhiskey election clip: Arkestra offspring in power
- Indeed! Cool Rick turned me on to a most excellent Sun Ra album when we were haunting Euclid Records during wedding weekend.
Some font of knowledge that guy is...
>From: "Carl Z." <zimm28@...>Why would Dorothy want to go back to Kansas when she could stay in a place with flying monkeys? -- John Waters
>Sent: Nov 8, 2006 4:54 AM
>Subject: [fearnwhiskey] Fearnwhiskey election clip: Arkestra offspring in power
>There are many dimensions to the Democratic victories yesterday. The
>one in the clip below may be most germane to this list.
>Deval's cosmic roots
> * by Noah Schaffer
> * Issue 8.43
> * Wed, October 25, 2006
>At this point, Pat Patrick might be best known for abandoning his wife
>and children. That's because his son, Deval, has made the story of his
>childhood struggle a central part of his biography as he campaigns for
>But the elder Patrick has long been a cult figure among music fans. He
>ditched the family to play saxophone with the Sun Ra Arkestra, the
>space-obsessed avant-garde jazz big band whose leader envisioned the
>black race moving to another planet in the solar system.
>It's hard to imagine that Deval, with his squeaky-clean persona and
>corporate lawyer background, is the offspring of a crucial member of
>one of the single wildest bands of the 20th century. But sure enough,
>Sun Ra fanatics say Patrick was an Arkestra mainstay.
>"He was with the Arkestra pretty steady from 1956 to the late '60s,
>and then was back with them periodically after that," says Charlie
>Kohlhase, a Boston-area saxophonist and host of a weekly jazz show on
>imageThe Arkestra lived communally and ran their own label, pressing
>tiny numbers of each record. Its members performed in glittering
>costumes that could be described as half-Egyptian, half-spacesuit, and
>the music managed to mix together swing, chants and early electronic
>But, Kohlhase points out, Patrick was a "really creative musician who
>could work in a lot of situations. He played with [Latin jazz great]
>Mongo Santamaria, and also played with Thelonious Monk for a bit in
>the early '70s."
>A tune Patrick co-wrote for Santamaria, "Yeah Yeah," even became a
>fluke Top 40 pop hit when covered by British singer Georgie Fame.
>Deval Patrick's campaign press office did not respond to several
>inquiries about his dad. "It's interesting how they don't really bring
>this out," says Kohlhase.
>Still, the younger Patrick has long made his father's jazz career a
>part of his official biography. And a 1993 Globe profile talked about
>how Pat Patrick showed up, unexpected, when his son graduated from
>Milton Academy. "I think he was distrustful of his son going to the
>'white man's school,'" says Kohlhase.
>The Globe story also mentioned that Pat Patrick played a song at his
>son's wedding, the jazz standard "I Can't Get Started." It's a tune he
>had recorded with the trumpeter Blue Mitchell. But Deval Patrick told
>the paper that "that tune sort of summed up our relationship."