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Eternal Monomyth 180g Double Vinyl Lp

by Gene Ess

Double vinyl LP 180g audiophile version. Musical journey based on a hero's narrative performed by top NYC jazz musicians Gene Ess, Thana Alexa, Clarence Penn, John Escreet, and Thomson Kneeland.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Forsaken Island
9:32 album only
2. The Trials
7:15 album only
3. Entrance | Exit
7:15 album only
4. Summer Cantabile
3:26 album only
5. Drakaina
7:34 album only
6. Blues for Ryo
6:38 album only
7. Mono-No Aware (Transience of Things)
6:29 album only
8. Into the New World
8:45 album only


Album Notes
Eternal Monomyth is a companion piece to my last album Fractal Attraction. And the music should be heard in that regard. In a transparent sense, it is a continuation of my exploration with the combined timbre of the female voice and the electric guitar wrapped up in original compositions and supported by a piano trio. But acutely, it is about the discovery of my own personal truths through the “making” of music. There is a saying that states that an individual’s most personal experiences are also the most universal to humanity as well. If that is true, I hope you, the listener find in this album, your own desire to discover your own personal truths.

Monomyth is a journey taken by a hero and is a basic pattern found in all narratives from around the world. The great American mind, teacher, and philosopher, Joseph Campbell coined the term. Indeed, a hero’s journey is a very human one and is an eternal pattern as long as the human condition includes such tragedies as injustice, violence, hatred, racism, and so forth from the small individual level to the global societal level. As I write this letter with 2014 coming to a close, it is painfully clear that more heroes will be made necessary due to the perils of the world that seem to be never ending in its horror. As an ardent reader of Schopenhauer’s philosophical works, I wonder often what he might say now if he were to be alive. The good news is that there are individuals all around the world with the necessary courage, intellect, wisdom, and heart to rise to the challenge.

The set of 8 pieces that make up this album are loosely based on junctures in my life. And hence, perhaps this album is the most autobiographical of all my works. It was recorded over the course of couple of days in a studio in Brooklyn. It is a jazz record in the sense that it was recorded live to multi-track and pretty much left it at that. Peaks and valleys of the individual musician’s performance are retained throughout the music program deliberately. Also, the music was carefully recorded at high resolution for a superior audio quality result. I hope you get to listen to this album on vinyl LP and/or high resolution PCM audio on a high performance audio system.

Finally, I want to mention an aesthetic known as wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". Wabi-sabi gracefully sums up my approach to music and really speaks to the universal allure of jazz.

Thank you for listening. Through the music, we will meet time and time again.



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