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Picture Book

by Mike McMullen

Jazz with feeling and humanity, elegance and honesty, similar to ECM and the European ascetic.
Genre: Jazz: Third Stream
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fell to Earth
7:58 $0.99
2. Picturebook
5:07 $0.99
3. Round on the Outside, Square on the Inside
6:37 $0.99
4. Elegy for Aoife
5:51 $0.99
5. Kaleidescope (Floating)
4:37 $0.99
6. Well Lived Life
4:45 $0.99
7. Kaleidescope (Twisted)
2:30 $0.99
8. Double Take
9:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
Music lives. It always will. The music on “Picture Book” lives through the respect it pays to the people and experiences that inspired it.
 The title composition was born of Mike McMullen looking at photos of his mother collected for her memorial. “I had the image of leaves fallen from the family tree,” he says of the pictures scattered around him. “The stories of the past and the present blown and scattered by the wind.” Those images and the stories they hold encompass her life and his, as well as other lives they knew intimately. The music here reflects appreciation of these family members and acknowledgement of their absence. 
There is elegance in “Well Lived Life,” a stately salute to other blood relatives for the grace of their journeys well made. In “Elegy For Aoife” — a response to the misfortune of a stillborn child in his family — McMullen seeks authentic connection to the reflectiveness the tragedy inspires. The soulful lament channels the deeper reasons musicians create and offer their art to the world. 
 “Kaleidoscope (Twisted)” offers a swinging, angular refrain re-imagining the earlier more ethereal “Kaleidoscope (Floating),” each probing the webs of thoughts and emotions we all experience. 
These particular tracks, like jazz at its best, are living art — music written in a moment of inspiration then performed in spontaneous interpretation. Much was written out, some improvised in the recording — though it hardly matters in the listening. The music unfolds with honesty and life-affirming vibrancy.
The melodies, harmonies and rhythms take hold, then release, and pull us to them again.

Marcus Crowder



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