Not to be confused with Denzel Washington,Jamphel Yeshi,or Richard Pryor,brother Bern Nix is a man on fire in 2013.In the trenches working on a quartet for the past couple of years we made our move on the studio this week thanks to bassist Francois Grillot.Now is the time to strike with the reality of a Vision Festival concert this June 14th.Were even talking to a good friend of ours in Europe about 2014.Boom.
Indeed.The VF main stage at 7:30 on a Friday night.Not my gig,but I'm amped up like Buddy Bolden at sunrise.I even hear EMINEM setting the tone from his piece "Lose Yourself"..
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime
I saw a video of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong backstage once when Duke told Pops he had a problem with being nervous on stage and said he had stage freight..(he was smiling when he said it)..I'll never forget Louis response.."Stage fright? What's that? You Blowin' man!"
Were all amped up for Bern and sure as hell won't get bugged out by a big audience and a big stage.It's like Eminem said..(Daniel Carter would be proud of me for joining forces with Rap).
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?
Like I said,not my gig..but a chance to blow in a quartet with Bern at the Vision is a top level experience in my community and my reality and the only option is to raise the horn up and do what must be done.
Bern and I are tight and both vibe off our time living in planet OC.Were Harmelodic but we swing more than bop.We also have a lot of fun.Coming back from the studio we created a skit about Ornette being the mystery guest on the old game show "What's My Line?",where blindfolded celebrities ask questions to discover who the mystery guest is.Duke and Louis appeared on this show in real life,scope youtube.
In our skit Ornette is the guest..
First Celebrity:"Are you an actor or a musician?"
Ornette:"What's the difference between an idea and a unison?"
Celebrity:"What? whatever are you suggesting?"
mayhem ensues. . . . . .
The large scale view of Jazz to the american public has always been strange to me.Those of us who are on the inside so to speak don't realize that the vast majority of people don't hear and get off on Jazz like we do.As soon as Bebop heads started we started losing people right there.Free Jazz is like a footnote in a book to some people rather than the vital spiritual transformational life changing music that it really is.
Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock one night.Tracy is a comedian but comedians can get real sometimes coming from a different perspective.Tracy came right out and said it one episode,I don't remember the context.
"White people stole Jazz."
It wasn't Wynton explaining it via Ken Burns on PBS,it was stated as fact during prime time on a sitcom.Then there was that time Stanley Crouch called a bunch of Hip Hop guys minstrels on Oprah one day.Fists ready to fly,Oprah dipped out for an extended commercial break.
Back to brother Bern,the quartet is ready to transition into whatever next level we can become.All four of us have faced adversity force level 5.All 4 of us slowly climbing the 5 floors to rehearsal the other day I wondered how the 4 of us were even able to be in the same place at the same time making music."How are we even here doing this?" I asked the guys.Fact remains that not only are we together,but we have what some people consider the gig of a lifetime coming up.It's on now.We have to ride out this Interstellar Transition and become what's on the other side.
Extracting the word Transit from the great Trane record Transition I can connect Trane's music to the brutal astrological transits of Saturn and Pluto.Pluto(pictured below),is the force that leads us to transform or perish,evolve or die.Pluto just moved into my first house.The average temperature on Pluto is a balmy -375 degrees F.
I'm turning right to Bern's music to assist.Tunes like "Less is More",and "Don't try so hard" are the exact vibes I need to tune into.
Especially after what I just learned or was able to remember,not sure which one..
Turns out that when you graduate Earth you simply become a baby on the next level..
To be continued at 4:30 today at the Brecht Forum with the Bern Nix quartet.
For Eddie Brock