Paul with Hamid and Tommy, "African Space Party 1 and 2
at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, 2007.
Glenn with Donald Robinson and Ben Lindgren at
Olive Oil's in San Francisco, 1993.
LISTEN TO SEVEN TRACKS ON BANDCAMP.
Paul Plimley passed on May 16, 2022, age 69. Glenn Spearman left us in October 1998.
Three tracks here come from June 1994 sessions at Oliver DeCicco's Mobius Music in San Francisco--the two "M Base" that went on Paul's Density Of The Lovestruck Demons and the completely improvisational "Long Forward Pasts" that went on Glenn's posthumous Free Worlds.
'Fanfare' is a tribute recorded to Glenn by Kidd, Oliver, Alvin, Darrell, Brian and me in 2014 at the Jazz Camp benefit in New Orleans. It occurs in the 'Wings Beyond Wings' compilation on YouTube between 9:45 and 20:45. I'm with Oliver afterward. He said: "Glenn was great."
"African Space Party" is Ecstatic/Transcendent from Paul, Hamid and Tommy at the 2007 Vancouver International Jazz Fest.
The poem about Paul I recorded yesterday.
Ginger-haired Jack with a smile
Pops up behind the couch
For his Willie Winkle morning greeting.
Paul liked fun. Aussi, Paul engaged with grape and thorn
The most serious challenges
Keyboards and philosophies may afford.
Speaks for Practical Style—
Hand to the sky, Ultramarine
The mists and Isles beckoning Harborward
Into the Mystic past Gray’s End.
Canada was something—
But far from the Fin’ne-Nan-Nah-Loos
Dash, Paul, Elfin but Prodigious
Through Comics’ Fancies Sup-
Ra Color Revolutions in Sun and Province, even!
Then, Cecil, for a Shock
Rachmaninoff, Oscar Peterson, … all
Save the two B’s and perhaps a third
With rhythms and correlative imagings
That arrive, maybe, at Catharsis from World Wars.
Where there’s Dance, there’s Hope, Paul!
Where’e’re your strange and tender child’s
Heart springs into its treasures of problems
To be wrestled and wrested through music=—
What else, what more, never ceases striding?—
Rush on, bright and deep, as your sweet self’s pondering did make things new!
May 25, 2022