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Ghosts of J.E.: The Lar Wolkan Compositions (1997 - 2008)

by Lar Wolkan

A collection of out of print Jazz/Rock composition recorded during Lar's Jazz Ethics years.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Rock
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1. Tar Buckets
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2. Dummy Grenades
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3. (So Everyone) Let's Sing Along
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4. All Dem's Bullwit Hoes
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5. Line Dance to This... Cowboy
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6. Dymon Be-Weird
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7. Tell Me Somethin' I Don't Know
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8. Bullonium (The Most Common Element)
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9. Sailin' the Sargasso Sea (Live)
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10. Spanish Sauce
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11. Indifference
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12. What's the Scuttlebutt (Big Band)
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13. October Song (Swing)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This project is my attempt to save, and make available, a sample of my original music that I had the privilege of recording with some very dear friends between the years 1997 and 2008. Most of these tracks are either hard to find, very limited in release, or were never released before. They consist of kooky jazz rock songs and jazzy instrumentals performed by myself and the band, Jazz Ethics (of which I am one of the founding members). Please note the wonderful talents of the friends listed below that without their help I could not have made these songs “come alive”

Lar Wolkan

1. Tar Buckets
Lar Wolkan – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Craig Friedman – Bass
Kevin Truman – Drums/Percussion, Back-up Vocals
Bill Dilts – Tenor Sax

2. Dummy Grenades
Lar Wolkan – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Craig Friedman – Bass
Kevin Truman – Drums/Percussion, Back-up Vocals
Jon Smith – back-up vocals

3. (So Everyone) Let’s Sing Along
Lar Wolkan – Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica
Joseph S. Wolkan – Clarinet, Back-up Vocals
Craig Friedman – Bass
Kevin Truman – Drums/Percussion, Back-up Vocals
Jason Greenwald – Piano
Bill Dilts – Bari Sax
Bob Lust – Trombone

4. All Dem’s Bullwit Hoes
Lar Wolkan – Guitar
Kevin Truman – Drums
Craig Friedman – Bass
Jason Greenwald – Keyboards
Bill Dilts – Tenor Sax

5. Line Dance To This… Cowboy
Lar Wolkan – Guitars
Kevin Truman – Drums
Craig Friedman – Bass
Jason Greenwald – Keyboards
Bob Robuck – Clarinet

6. Dymon Be-weird
Lar Wolkan – Guitars
Kevin Truman – Drums/percussion/whistles
Craig Friedman – Bass
Jason Greenwald – Keyboards
Dave Miller – Alto Sax

7. Tell Me Somethin’ I Don’t Know
Lar Wolkan – Guitars
Kevin Truman – Drums
Craig Friedman – Bass
Jason Greenwald – Keyboards
Dave miller – Alto Sax
Bob Lust – Trombone

8. Bullonium (the most common element)
Lar Wolkan - Guitar
Craig Friedman - Bass
Kevin Truman - Drums
Bill Dilts – Tenor Sax
Jason Greenwald - keyboards

9. Sailin’ The Sargasso Sea (live)
Lar Wolkan - Guitars
Jason Greenwald - Keyboards
Kevin Truman - Drums
Craig Friedman - Bass

10. Spanish Sauce
Lar Wolkan – Guitars, Harmonica, Whip
Jason Greenwald - Piano
Kevin Truman - Drums
Craig Friedman - Bass

11. Indifference
Lar Wolkan – Guitars
Kevin Truman - Drums
Jason Greenwald - Piano
Craig Friedman - Bass

12. What’s The Scuttlebutt (big-band)
Lar Wolkan - Guitar
Bill Dilts – Tenor Sax, Horn Charts
Craig Friedman - Bass
Dave Miller – Alto Sax
Kevin Truman - Drums
Jason Greenwald - Piano/clav
Jim Search - Trumpet
Stacy Dilts – Bari Sax
Tom Allen - Trombone

13. October Song (swing)
Lar Wolkan - Guitars
Jason Greenwald - Organ
Craig Friedman - Bass
Kevin Truman - Drums

All songs written, recorded, engineered, & Produced by Lar Wolkan between the years 1997 and 2008. Mastered by Greg Jennings Dec 2016. Cover & sleeve photo by Glenn Pine. Inside band photo by Leigh Wolkan.

Dedicated to Joseph S. Wolkan
© 2016 All rights reserved.
Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

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Thom Seelbach

Took the trip, and lived to tell the tale
[Caveat: I'm not a sophisicated jazz aficianado.]
General:
This collection of songs takes us on a long winding musical journey and has plenty of lyrics between the instrumentals which require multiple listenings. The band colors "outside of the lines." Some solos prompted me to think, "what the hell?" as I chortled out loud. The soloists each have distinct "points of view" or statements to make. The songs have planned endings, not repeat-and-fade, concluding with a final musical comment, or sound effect. The composer gets extra points for using a multi-syllabic phrase, "politically inept," but then there's never been a song about tar buckets in human history before either. Ever since the Beatles' A Taste Of Honey (cover) and And I Love Her, a Picardy third catchs my attention. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picardy_third. Scattered throughout are various sound effects to support the songs, and surprise the listener.
Everybody would have different favorites with an eclectic mix of songs like this.
Specifics:
Tar Buckets strong opening cut - tenor sax. The beginning made me feel I was dropped in the middle of the King Crimson Red album, Starless and Bible Black instrumental.
Dummy Grenades Nice change of pace/mood, acoustic, vocal harmonies
(So Everyone) Let's Sing Along minor key, harmonica, great guitar solo with reverb, jaunty music with blues lyrics, great instrumental interludes: percussion, piano, baritone sax, trombone, then all together. Fun and care taken on the arrangement.
All Dem's Bullwit Hoes change of pace, daydreaming, different instrumental mix - piano, sax, off-key color in the instrumental
Line Dance To This ...Cowboy change of mood, meter: Dave Brubeck/Take Five
Dymon B-Weird Zappa's Peaches and Regalia, woodblock, whistles, change of pace, good solo trading, return to opening theme. Stayed in my head and wouldn’t leave!
Tell Me Something I don't Know - Strong melodic content. Wings' Let 'Em In. Guitar chromatics. Obscurely, it reminded me of this Brahms intermezzo in C: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE0PxQnf0sw
Bullonium (The Most Common Element) swing beat, laid back
Sailin' The Sargasso Sea (Live) waltz meter, hang on for a ride, we're going places; one of the keyboard sections reminded me of Yes' Talk album. Plenty of solos, but everyone is possessed by the same energy of the song – tuned in together.
Spanish Sauce carry me caravan, take me away, another 3/4.
Indifference mellow, really takes off when the keyboards take over, fuzzy lead guitar, wait, where's it going now?
What's The Scuttlebutt (Big-Band) tight, made me think of a James Bond chase scene
October Song (Swing) closing song is as energetic and appealing as the opening cut
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