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Issa Music is Here – Featured Selection: (2) “River of Flow” February 1, 2012

Posted by rwf1954 in fusion jazz, Issa, Issa Legend, jazz, Jesus in India, music, mystic jazz, new age jazz, Saint Issa legend.
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  • (Each month, I will feature a detailed description of one of the thirteen selections from my CD “Issa Music” with a link to the full piece. That link will remain up for one month. After that, the link at this post will be to a one minute clip. One minute clips of all the Issa Pieces are available at my website. Detailed notes on all the pieces are also available there. The full length pieces available with these blog posts are before mastering for CD release. The complete Issa Music CD is available for sale, along with downloads of individual mastered selections.)
  • (“Issa Music” is an East-meets-West mystic jazz CD released inspired by the “Legend of Issa.” Did Jesus journey to India and study Buddhism and Hinduism before his world-changing spiritual mission in Roman-occupied Judea? If so, are West and East spiritually connected in ways we have never imagined? “Issa Music” celebrates this idea with a blend of eastern and western modes and timbres.)

Play this month’s selection: “River of Flow”

Background on “River of Flow”: With the eighth “Issa Music” piece from Set One, I wanted to produce a happy, flashy piece, utilizing the concept crystallizing since “Eastern Boogie,” Set One #4. I used a simple chord progression over a 5/4 rhythm and created a melody over the top. I created an A and B section and set a number of varied textures for the solos and for recapitulations of the melodic statements of the A and B sections. I was extremely happy with the way this piece came out. The shifts of texture, the joy of “River of Flow,” the improvised solos I performed—I consider this a signature piece of “Issa Music.” Also, there were three times during my recordings of these pieces over the time period between 1988 and 1990 that I felt I slipped “into a zone” as I improvised. This occurred once during each of these sets. This is a rare feeling where something else seems to take over, another power, somehow coming from somewhere else but from within at the same time. The notes glide out—no thought processes involved—the music just happens and I’m at a loss to explain how I got there, or even to recall in detail playing it. It was during the second improvised section, an exotic D50 setting, from 1:45 to 2:50, that I hit the “zone” during “River of Flow.” Notes flowed and thank God a tape recorder was there to capture it. This piece made me feel I was hitting my stride with this music.

The story behind Issa Music.

Probable liner notes for the Issa Music CD.

Richard Warren Field music page.

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