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Out of the Plains

Kevin Pike, John Kotchian & David Seay

Free Jazz explorations combining hurdy gurdy, musical saw, harmonica and yak horn with sax, bass and drums.

Longtime collaborators Kevin Pike and John Kotchian are joined by multi-instrumentalist David Seay on this abstract exploration of the Great Plains, past and present. The album features unique orchestration for a jazz trio, including hurdy gurdy, yak horn and musical saw combined with sax and drums.

Each track title refers to a different event or aspect of life in the Great Plains: 1. The Great Gathering at the Platte About the annual Sandhill Crane migration in Nebraska where 500,000 cranes gather along the Platte river each spring Orchestration: hurdy gurdy, saxophone, bass and drums

  1. Prehistoric Fish In the Great Plains, states like Nebraska and Kansas were part of the ocean in prehistoric times. Orchestration: musical saw, alto saxophone, drums

  2. I-80 Interstate 80 runs across Nebraska and other states in the Great Plains Orchestration: alto sax, harmonica, bass and drums

  3. The Ballad of Chief Standing Bear Native American Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca tribe played a prominent role in the history of civil rights for Native Americans. The landmark case Bear v. Crook in 1869 established that Habeus Corpus applies to all people in America regardless of race. Orchestration: didgeridoo, yak horn, bugle, saxophone, drums

  4. Dust Bowl Severe drought and poor farming methods caused the Dust Bowl in the 1930's, a devastating time in depression-era Great Plains. Orchestration: alto sax, harmonica, bass, drums

  5. Green Sky Powerful storms and tornadoes in the Great Plains are always preceded by a green-colored sky. Orcestration: bass, wind chimes, baritone saxophone, whirly tube, rainstick, thunder sheet, alto saxophone, drums

  6. Where the Buffalo Roamed American Bison once roamed the Great Plains in huge numbers, only to reach virtual extinction in the 1890's from white settlers and hunters during the buffalo "gold rush." Orchestration: gourd ocarina, ocarina, shekere, tiple, saxophone, banjo, drums

  7. Out of the Plains Orchestration: hurdy gurdy, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, drums

  8. Home Away from Home Orchestration: alto saxophone, bass, drums, chimes

David Seay: hurdy gurdy, saw, harmonica, yak horn, didgeridoo, bugle, tiple, banjo, ocarina, thunder sheet, whirly tube Kevin Pike: alto sax, baritone sax, gourd ocarina, rainstick, whirly tube, wind chimes, orchestral chimes John Kotchian: drums, bass, shekere, rainstick, thunder sheet

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Danny Boy (Saxophone Instrumental)

Kevin Pike

This free-flowing jazz version of the Irish folk song Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) features Kevin Pike on alto saxophone, organ and drum set.

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so se kwa (clube da esquina tributo)

Kevin Pike

A tribute to the musical style of Milton Nascimento, this DIY world music album features layered tracks of vocal harmony, saxophone, mandolin, acoustic guitar, latin percussion, piano, banjo, melodica, flute and clarinet.

so se kwa is a DIY world music album by Kevin Pike. It took Pike 6 years to perform and record all of the parts in his home studio. The highly layered, dense arrangements feature Pike on saxophone, mandolin, acoustic guitar, percussion, flute, clarinet, banjo, electric bass, piano, drums and melodica. Kevin's use of recurring themes, mixed-meter grooves, falsetto vocals and irregular forms mirror the style of the Brazilian musical genre known as corner club music.

so se kwa is the 14th album release from Kevin Pike. In addition to being an avid home recording artist, Kevin also performs frequently as a jazz saxophonist in Omaha, Nebraska. Visit the Kevin Pike Music website at kpikemusic.com.

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The Sound of Things

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Bolero: Ravel vs Coltrane

Kevin Pike

The ever-popular "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel, played in the style of Coltrane's classic quartet.

What if Maurice Ravel had met John Coltrane and his classic quartet that included McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones? You might get something like this, a jazz interpretation of the famous Bolero. Features saxophone, piano, bass and drums.

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microjazz

Kevin Pike

microjazz is Kevin Pike's DIY jazz fusion album from 1999. He plays most of the instruments on the album and all of the compositions are original.

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