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Re: [fearnwhiskey] Fearnwhiskey election clip: Arkestra offspring in power

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  • marlowe5
    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
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      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...


      -----Original Message-----
      >From: "Carl Z." <zimm28@...>
      >Sent: Nov 8, 2006 4:54 AM
      >To: fearnwhiskey@yahoogroups.com
      >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.
      >
      ><http://www.weeklydig.com/news_opinions/articles/devals_cosmic_roots>
      >
      >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
      >governor.
      >
      >
      >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
      >WMBR-FM.
      >
      >
      >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
      >instruments.
      >
      >
      >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."


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