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Moments in Passing

by Sonya Vallet & Los Profugos Galacticos

Heart and mind, mind invisible or rather beautifully revealed in service of the heart, technique in service of emotion and connection. Connection across the real gulf that exists between people. The I-Thou experience.. what it's all about. (Dan Fairchild)
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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1. Moments in Passing
Sonya Vallet & Los Profugos Galacticos
3:30 album only
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2. Chateaux Sur Le Sable
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5:11 album only
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3. Na Casa Do Campeao
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6:43 album only
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4. Aguas De Marco
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6:08 album only
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5. Coyote
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6:46 album only
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6. Retrato En Cores
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0:50 album only
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7. Pra Seguir
Sonya Vallet & Los Profugos Galacticos
5:05 album only
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8. Retrato En Branco Y Preto
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3:29 album only
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9. That Idea
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2:05 album only
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10. Transmissions
Sonya Vallet & Los Profugos Galacticos
6:53 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

These "Moments In Passing" reflect a passage of time in the 90's with my buddies in Boulder, CO. Resident Guitarrist Bill Kopper and I had been collaborating for years when pianist Erik Deutsch came on to the scene, and although bassist Eric Thorin and drummer Marc Raynes blended in seemlessly afterwards, that formation never quite came to full fruition, except in demo recordings that got shelved by circumstance and the powers that be in the music industry. This baby has been a long time coming... and we still managed to present it together with the help of yet other loyal friends that joined in for the ride. A feat in itself.

I had seen the 80's in Boulder too, as a segue to my jazz career in Madrid, Spain, so Boulder has always been a special place to me, much like New York, Montreal or Tokyo, where I've also lived... What we have here is a remarkable effort on everyone's part to get this music out in spite of all the road blocks, in spite of the limitations and geographical displacements and the hard times all musicians face in the game of survival.

This is the only time we were able to record portions of what those times in life really meant, for all of us. What got shelved was equally important... but this is what survived. Many other good times were never recorded either, but this is a candid reflection of what still binds us together as friends and musicians, a sort of timeless connection within a limited time for sharing.

Music has always been a part of my life since I was a child, jazz through both of my parents, in particular my father (Pianist Jean-Luc Vallet), but really also through the gospel, spirituals, and blues that have always lived in my mother's heart (Singer and Pianist Elizabeth Young-Vallet). Anyone that was somebody on the jazz LPs scene filled my childhood ears, that's the music that made me dance!... And anyone that had an enduring musical influence on me also came from what we understand as the roots of Spirituals and Classical Music - the unity of instruments and voice, much like music and dance, that have endured through time in mankind's short history on this planet.

One cannot help but be influenced by all kinds of music as we come into contact with them, be it the brazz-jazz beats of fados and samba, the embroideries of the flamenco spirit, the strums of citars and the pulse of tablas, the Burundi drums or the rockin' 'n rollin' on the radio... In this sense, this album was inevitably eclectic by sheer force of exposure to so many types of music, perhaps never even reflecting any one particular type of music fully, perhaps maybe even limited in terms of how much we could present in a relatively cohesive fashion. It only covers a fraction of what could have been - when in fact the live gigs were all about endless improvisation through all our influences... These guys really make themselves at home no matter what music is on the table, which to me is incredibly freeing and necessary to balance out the more disciplined side of any endeavor well done.

This collection in particular also has a nostalgic touch to it for me, as it includes a few originals I first wrote after my father's passing, which I literally did not share with anyone for years, such was my sadness over that... Through "Pra Seguir", and "Châteaux Sur Le Sable", these guys helped me move on in life through this music without anyone of us even realizing it. That alone has always been a blessing to me, a catharsis if you will. Yet allowing room for a semi bluesy rock tune like "Transmissions" was also quite liberating as the jazz brats we all are! ;0)... I think in the end, it is our understanding of the differences between several styles of music that make music as a whole seem seamless, and thus united by their commonalities.

In the end, I think the most important part of this music for me is perhaps how it made us feel as one, how the commitment behind each of us to get it done reflected something beyond persistence, but an actual need to share it with others, how it both affected and propelled my life into the next step... It is rare and unique to play with guys that are so great, so giving, without so much as an inkling of ego, yet such a clear sense of team play. This album truly is about the invisible side of what happens as we connect and reply and ride the wave together. That's what sticks to the soul after it's all said and done.

We hope you can ride the wave with us, there's room for all tastes and more moments in passing...

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