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Domestic Tranquility

by 13go

If you love guitar fusion music, you will love this! It features Canada's Kim Ratcliffe and Vernon Reid from Living Colour,
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Boogie Down 1
4:53 $0.99
2. How Much Longer
4:22 $0.99
3. Pointe-Claire
3:05 $0.99
4. Eleanor Rigby
5:07 $0.99
5. Trying to Keep Balanced
1:18 $0.99
6. Can You Be a Different Guy?
4:48 $0.99
7. Here Comes the Right!
1:26 $0.99
8. Bloodlines
4:32 $0.99
9. Nice
4:10 $0.99
10. Boogie Down 2
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11. There's Three Little Girls at the Window
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The intriguing name emerges from an apprehension of the incredible change upon us all. Difficult and stressful, Aubrey Dayle reminds us, especially with the uncertainty, tribalism and xenophobia taking hold of so many in nations across the globe, but also a process to the inevitable positive change to come. Do not underestimate the power of 13, powerful in numerology, powerful in instilling fear in the superstitious, maybe signifying upheaval and even destruction.
But, possessing the power of 13 to usher in a new, more positive reality is what 13go asserts!
Turmoil may be what is necessary for change to occur but the music of 13go has the spirit of a force that is the antithesis of all that darkness. 13 can turn out to be the best of omens. Staring death in the face and wanting only the domestic tranquility of ordinary days.

The Musicians

AUBREY DAYLE’s musicianship began at the age of 5 when he started to study the accordion and the piano. Gifted in many ways, Aubrey, as a child and now as a man, has had the great good fortune of being much loved. A boon for any artist but especially for this artist who has been led to the brink of the abyss, confronted it, and turned his vision into an over-arching desire to confront life with love. The percussive nature of his art, the drumming that taps into the instinctual nature of our own swirling undercurrents, are ideal for transmitting the simple truth that lives must be lived without fear. Or perhaps, in our time, simply with less fear. In 2012 Aubrey Dayle became gravely ill because of acute kidney failure. Early in 2013 he received a kidney transplant from his wife, Julie. A documentary on their experience with this process, Stay Aubrey! premiered at TIFF in 2014. Surrounded by love from Julie and his kids, Kai and Echo, his wonderful parents Enid and Howard, his sisters Janice, and Charmaine (gone but present), extended family and friends, Aubrey is once again at full strength.

Formally trained at McGill University and Manhattan School of Music, in classical and jazz percussion, Aubrey has performed in a variety of diverse situations. He has toured with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer, Hassan Hakmoun, God Street Wine, Sam Rivers and Ernest Ranglin. As part of the John Popper Band he played on both the David Letterman and the Jay Leno shows. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Metro Mass Choir.

Aubrey continues to work with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer in a trio, The Music Revelation Ensemble, and with his Memphis Blood Blues band that features guitarist Vernon Reid. In ‘Blood’ Ulmer’s own remarks: “I play off his beat, his beat runs up and down my spine.” “My id: Featuring Aubrey Dayle” has included Vernon Reid as a special guest both in this 2004 release and in “My id: Jewel” (2012). “Live Revival: Aubrey Dayle’s My id with Vernon Reid” (2008) features both artists as well as Robi Botos, Rich Brown, and Michael Stuart. His latest work is On Topic (2017).

VERNON REID has been a friend and significant artistic collaborator in Aubrey’s life since 1993. Aubrey was already a fan of Reid’s “Living Colour” when, at one of his performances with James “Blood” Ulmer Blues Experience, he spotted Reid taking pictures of the band. He confesses to being “a little star-struck” at this, but later discovered that they were practically neighbours on Staten Island, New York. They hired each other for several of their own projects and the friendship blossomed as their working together intensified over time. Throughout Aubrey’s illness and the uncertainty during the process of undergoing his kidney transplant, Vernon held his hand and was an unfailing source of support.

Vernon Reid was born in London and emigrated to Brooklyn with his family while he was still a child. He is the founder of Living Colour (1983) and together with journalist Greg Tate, he formed the Black Rock Coalition; the latter continues to work at opening doors and guiding black musicians into possibilities beyond that of rapper or crooner. Reid is celebrated for his eclecticism. One of Living Colour’s big breaks happened when Mick Jagger invited them to perform on his Primitive Cool release, produced a demo and even helped in getting them signed by Epic. Living Colour’s latest recording is Shade (2017). Vernon Reid is the producer of domestic tranquility and performs on several tracks including “How Much Longer?” and “Bloodlines.”

KIM RATCLIFFE is a guitarist with over 40 years of experience in a variety of musical ventures. At present, he is playing in the Mirvish/Junkyard Dog production of Come From Away at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. In this production he plays mandolin, octave mandolin, celtic bouzouki and two acoustic guitars. Kim is also a member of The Bucket of Fish Orchestra led by Paul Delong on drums, playing classic jazz/rock fusion. He plays too with his own acoustic jazz quartet: Rat4, the Walrus Guitar Quartet. Recordings and tours include those with singers Holly Cole and Ron Sexsmith. He holds a B.F.A. from York University and is on the guitar faculties in the jazz programs at Humber and Mohawk Colleges. His two jazz/rock albums have been with Aubrey Dayle as drummer. Bassist Brad Cheeseman performs in On Topic and bassist Calvin Jones in 3 Fold. All three band members have original compositions on these recordings.

IAN DE SOUZA became a professional musician 35 years ago, by his own estimate. He was born in Kampala, Uganda into a musical family and has traveled widely as a touring musician. Ian has composed, arranged and produced music for and with bands that include Sisters Euclid and the electronic duo, LAL. He has also produced music for theatre, notably for Anita Majumdar’s play, Misfit, where he was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award. His compositions include music for his wife, dancer Joanna de Souza’s Chhandam Dance Company, and also for film, as in Vikram Dasgupta’s award-winning short, Calcutta Taxi.

Song Notes

BOOGIE DOWN 1 (Aubrey Dayle)
Opening up the conversation – sweet, intentionally alluring, hinting at an exploration of complexity, contradiction and ambiguity. A hidden narrative made sonically accessible: maybe the A-Bomb has dropped, but people continue to laugh, cry, argue, make love and even to dance to this truly danceable piece.

HOW MUCH LONGER? (Aubrey Dayle)
Questions – a veritable collage of questions. When? Why? How? Argumentation, the vast labyrinthine reasoning of jazz, an inventory of pluses leading to the plaintive minuses (and minors), a deliberate confusatory of sound forcing the ultimate question: How much longer to get moving back towards the light?

POINTE-CLAIRE (Aubrey Dayle)
Almost evening, lyrical, tranquil. Lucky, but one also creates one’s own luck through more good choices than bad. Growing up in Pointe Claire, skating on the lake, sisters, safety…serenity, a real place of repose (however temporary).

ELEANOR RIGBY (Lennon/McCartney: Arranged by Kim Ratcliffe)
A cover yes, but posing new questions surrounding the circularity of that youthful dash for freedom. How many Eleanor Rigbys does each generation spawn? Heartbreaking, impulsive and inevitable, and still so enmeshed in the bodily betrayals of womanhood. Long stretching movements at the close… repetition, rep, rep…

TRYIN’ TO KEEP BALANCED (Aubrey Dayle /Kim Ratcliffe)
How hard it is to keep that balance! The rhythmic infrastructure uses odd time signatures that give it a jarring and angular feel. The internal balancing act is counterpoised against an outside that seems to be spinning a little more out of control every day. Who can escape mental anguish?

Wavy lines suggesting different possibilities but why? A dark and rocking piece - low spells, just getting by, somehow finding the strength to endure. Political too, if the question is directed outward to those in power who we wish were different guys, however unlikely that possibility.

HERE COMES THE RIGHT! (Kim Ratcliffe/Aubrey Dayle/Ian DeSouza)
Dystopian to its core. Sharp, cynical, despairing rap. Plain spoken too – “It’s all about the money…”

BLOODLINES (Kim Ratcliffe)
Inspired by James ‘Blood” Ulmer’s musical style. Talking of crossings, different streams -crossing, mingling and separating, breaking their banks sometimes; veins - pulsating and mixing, rupturing and seaming together spontaneously.

NICE (Aubrey Dayle)
Light, light, light as air. Almost pretty…but not. Originally titled “Living Nice.” Referring, of course, to how the 1 percent lives: they who control everything and masquerade behind sweetness and light…a gossamer sensibility, fake as gossamer.

BOOGIE DOWN 2 (Aubrey Dayle)
Raising questions and answering none, the questioning sharper, more accomplished and briefer.

A slice of real life – on the street three little girls are playing, their laughter ricochets through the windows of the basement where an artist is working feverishly on his music. That existential moment flows into his music in contrapuntal time. Years later he hears them again in the carefree laughter of his own daughters, in his own music, in his mandolin tinkling with tenderness, in the drums carrying the melody line – all of it signaling hope and possibility.

Ramabai Espinet
December 2018.



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