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Terra Kharma

by Sea Rocket Jasmine

A fresh take on instrumental jazz, blending in elements of hard rock, trance, humor, math and physics
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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1. Mercury
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2. Redux Redux
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3. Hyper
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4. Rope Ladder
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5. Before
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6. Venusian Idyll
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7. The Bronze Age
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8. 1401
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9. Gamma
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10. Arrhythmetic
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11. Perpetual Light
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12. Square Root of the Hip
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13. Robo-Aesthete
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14. Terra Kharma
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Recommended: for full effect, listen to the entire album start to finish, preferably on good speakers at generous volume.

1. Mercury
The point of origin of this track was the same improvisation that birthed the title track. The keyboard is an unheavenly choir whose sound takes you on a ride in the winds of an angry sky and leaves you somewhere beyond ordinary circumstances.

2. Redux Redux
What happens when you loop nostalgia? Maybe this. A nod to Frank Zappa and video games, it's a jazz track at a ridiculous tempo.

3. Hyper
This tune, originally by Halverson, shows off his guitar playing and sense of timing. A sense of seeking cross-pollinates a mood of calm festivity.

4. Rope Ladder
Hard bop conventions launch this track, which quickly goes into improvisational explorations on both the guitar and keyboards.

5. Before
A sober reflection - extracted from a solo piano improvisation, this tune dips into heartfelt playing that is driven by idee fixe. The journey takes in some soulful solo piano and haunting grooves by the band.

6. Venusian Idyll
Venus - bringer of peace? Think again, this is more the planet of that name - picture a smoldering landscape playing host to fire breathing monsters, and you have the idea.

7. The Bronze Age
Another Halverson composition, in which improvisation is on the micro level while building sound into a fantastic structure occurs on the macro.

8. 1401
This track started with a rhythmic bass line, on which other instruments were layered to form a musical machine.

9. Gamma
A spirited jazz fiddle tune, Bugbee first composed this track in 1989. It has been brought to fruition here with added guitar and effects.

10. Arrhythmetic
A boogie of rapidly shifting meter and mood, this track could be a pretty good metaphor for modern life. Or, just a hot/cool jam with precise timing.

11. Perpetual Light
What we wish for the deceased - hopefully there is jazz in the hereafter. A vibraphone part takes the lead, with solos in the piano and guitar.

12. Square Root of the Hip
A nod to Huey Lewis, deconstructing the title of one of his major hits... some typical elements of 80's pop define the head of this tune before it takes off into improvisatory adventuring.

13. Robo-Aesthete
What's needed at this point: some straight-up rock'n'roll. Beginning with a mechanical riff, this tune branches into a rock organ solo and virtuosic metal guitar solo that should recall the hair bands of yore.

14. Terra Kharma
This track literally sprang into being during the production of Sea Rocket Jasmine's previous project, The Window, in 2014. We began a free jam at Halverson's studio, without any forethought and planning, and the result was this track, on which very little further editing was necessary. Only the keyboard and guitar are present but they set up a prolonged meditation that will transport you beyond entertainment and beyond daily cares, to a place of wonder - and maybe a bit of terror.

Album concept
We recognize the probability that the mean temperature of the planet is gradually rising, and the strong possibility that human activities are causing or contributing to it. This project to a degree tries to discover what that means. That search is a guideline for the music, not a programmatic imperative. If we've done well it's there in the background but never gets in the way of the action.

Sea Rocket Jasmine is based in Houston, Texas and Oakland, California. We are dedicated to recorded instrumental music that goes new directions while staying rooted in tradition. Look us up online, and check out Halverson's other projects in his own name and with the band Trance Lucid.

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