Bruce Arnold's CD Blue Lotus for Muse Eek Publishing Company

Bruce Arnold Blue Lotus

Featuring:

Bruce Arnold–Guitar

Ratzo B. Harris –Bass

Tony Moreno–Drums

An Ancient Practice Inspired Contemporary Composition. Bruce Arnold names CD after the Blue Lotus of Egypt

Guitarist and composer Bruce Arnold continues his journey into serial based, hexatonic composition and improvisation with five brilliant pieces for jazz trio, on Blue Lotus (MSK 130). Jazz and free improv greats Ratzo B. Harris on bass and Tony Moreno on drums round out the ensemble. These musicians have been working as a trio for fifteen years, and it shows, from the cohesion of the sound, to flashes of improvisational brilliance. The CD is named for one of the tracks, of which Mr. Arnold writes:

First Encountered

I first encountered a blue lotus during a walk-through of the Egyptian wing of the Metropolitan Museum here in New York. According to our guide the Ancient Egyptians had a special feeling for the flower and portraits of goddesses and royal women inhaling the blue lotus date to the beginning of Egyptian history. Not only did it symbolize the rising and setting of the sun—it also had an aroma that was said to be mildly transporting and putting the petals into wine enhanced the feeling. The idea of a blue lotus that operated on a variety of levels intrigued me, and I wrote a highly structured piece and named it for the flower. Most of the other tracks on this CD could be called petals of that same flower, as they spin out of the basic structural ideas* presented more formally in Blue Lotus.

A Versatile System

These ideas are part of a versatile system that can be used to create formal compositions
or used in a free improvisational setting, both of which are demonstrated on this CD. And they are equally applicable to traditional jazz oriented music as can be seen in Mr. Arnold’s approach to the duet he played with Stanley Clarke when he received his lifetime achievement award from Bass Player Magazine. (for a link to this performance go to: brucearnold.com

The other tracks on Blue Lotus are:

  • “Factorial,” a showcase of the trio’s interactivity,
  • “Repetitive Behavior,” which explores the use of multiple time signatures,
  • “Snap Crackle Bop,” a serialized approach to “Rhythm Changes,” and
  • “Spurge,” another instance where the trio’s chemistry really shines.

Listen to excerpts:

Webern: 5 movements for String Quartet

  • Factorial
  • Repetitive Behavior
  • Blue Lotus
  • Spurge
  • Snap Crackle Bop

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Muse-Eek Publishing Company is a publishing house with a broad focus on music education. Muse-Eek also publishes fine art and poetry books, and has its own record label, Muse-Eek Records. Our online presence, Muse-Eek.com specializes in the publication of music workbooks, video courses and sound and video recordings that teach the foundation of good musicianship through groundbreaking and innovative methods along with traditional methods that have been taught for centuries. These historic methods date back through centuries of great musicians and educators. To see these interesting relationship please see Bruce Arnold's Music Education Genealogy Chart which tells you a lot about the where many of his educational ideas took root and some of the educational pillars that are evident throughout the books you find on this website. The Muse-Eek Records catalogue contains a diverse selection of music much of it by Bruce Arnold in collaboration with some of today's best players in classical, jazz, rock and avant-garde music. These are available in CD, DVD and mp3 formats. We believe in a working relationship with our music education customers; they are free to interact with the author after purchasing a book to help them through any material they don’t understand or which they need further clarification. We also have a member's area which contains a wealth of free information to help a student understand music at a deeper level and access additional files for our books. Many of our books offer cutting edge ideas regarding ear training, guitar technique, rhythm and time. These methods have a proven track record. Our main author Bruce Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world, including Princeton, Dartmouth, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, The New School and NYU. Along with Mr. Arnold's publications on the Muse-eek.com website he has also written books and appeared in educational DVDs for MelBay and Truefire. Over the years Mr Arnold has used his experiences with his students to develop a program that can elevate a musician's ability to world class caliber. If you have questions about any of our books or recordings please send us an email. Along with general questions about either our record label or our publishing company we also welcome questions to help a student choose the proper materials to reach their goals. We have over 300 products to help you learn any style of music and to develop your musicianship to its peak. We also make recommendations for practice schedules for students who use our methods to get the most out of their study time. This, along with personal interaction with Bruce through email, nurtures the student's ability through a closely monitored situation, ensuring there is no wasted time or misunderstanding.