The Barrett Martin Group Live Studio Session at KNKX

Are you kidding me, two weeks in a row I’ve been able to sit in on a live studio session at KNKX studios in Seattle. Thank you so much to Abe Beeson host of Evening Jazz for giving me a shot at one of the last available seats to hear The Barrett Martin Group in a live broadcast studio session.

Abe Beeson (L) with The Barrett Martin Group

This group, led by Barrett Martin (also the drummer), is electrifying. Piano, guitar, stand-up bass, horns and drums and in this session vocals by Jeff Angell, will move you to a level of involvement with the music that makes it impossible to sit still. You’ll want to get up and dance or at the very least find something to pound on, if you don’t have your own drum or Djembe.

The songs are written by Barrett Martin and are a compilation of his world travels and meetings with and playing with musicians that he’s met and friended from all over the globe.

And it sounds like it. There’s a world groove going on in his music that makes you feel connected to cultures you may not have visited yourself, but after hearing his sounds you may find yourself wanting to explore the roots of his inspiration.

The session studio was packed today with both the group (there’s eight of them altogether when Jeff Angell is singing) and a lucky few guests (yours truly included) so it was a little tight and I wasn’t able to get many good photographs. Plus there was another photographer there with several cameras shooting both stills and videos so I felt like I needed to stay out of the way.  But I did manage to squeeze off a couple shots.

The Barrett Martin Group
The Barrett Martin Group ~ Barrett standing


The Barrett Martin Group is a class act with amazing sound, cool groves and a world vibe that will satisfy anyone.  Music at it’s best.

If you live in the Seattle/Tacoma area you can see and hear them tomorrow night at Jazzbones

Thanks again to Abe Beeson for the invite and KNKX for hosting these live studio sessions.

Thanks for following along,

Portland, Oregon


GoGo Penguin Live Studio Session at KNKX

This was my lucky day.  First it’s well known that I love Jazz.  It even says so on the back of my car.  I even make my friends listen to it when they’d probably rather listen to something else.  But I love it.  I have a nice vinyl collection, plenty of CD’s and tons of digital files downloaded to my devices.

I lean towards old school jazz from the late 1940’s through the mid 1960’s. Although there’s plenty of great jazz musicians both before and after that date range.  I just happen to like that era best.

But it’s getting old.  Not so much to me but to the listening masses.  Jazz feels like it’s hurting for a new listening audience.  It needs the infusion of new, young and inspired listeners.  It needs to be freshened up with some new sounds, some new young blood.

Enter The GoGo Penguin Trio a band of young, innovative guys who are turning the heads of many music aficionado and asking, who are these guys and what is this music?

The GoGo Penguin L-R Rob Turner (drummer), Chris Illingworth (pianist) and Nick Blacka (double bassist)

It’s not exactly jazz in the traditional sense since their music is infused with other sounds such as; electronica, trip-hop, jazz, rock and classical music. But it is good, it’s so good. It’s jazz and much more. Their music washes over and through you feeding the soul and leaving you with a feeling exuberance.

So how was it my lucky day? I received an invitation from Abe Beeson at KNKX 88.5 Seattle/Tacoma (Jazz, Blues and NPR News) to sit in on a GoGo Penguin

Abe Beeson, Host of Evening Jazz on KNKX 88.5

live studio session at the KNKX studios in Seattle. Until that moment I hadn’t heard of this trio and quickly started searching for them on-line. I found out that they’re relatively new (2012), they’re from the U.K. where they have a big following and their recent project, besides another new album coming out soon, is scoring the cult film classic Koyaanisqatsi ~ Life out of balance.  They are young, genuine, friendly and could not be nicer . Watching them perform was a true pleasure. You can see and feel their connection to each other while watching and listening to them play.

The GoGo Penguin setting up for their live studio session at KNKX    
Nick Blacka (bassist)                                
Chris Illingworth (pianist)

They’re newest album Man Made Object is loaded with one great song after another. I recommend making it your lucky day and giving these guys a try.

Many thanks to Abe Beeson at KNKX for the invitation.

Thanks for following along,


Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; Victoria, BC and Seattle,Washington. Wine tastings and a Seahawks Superbowl Victory. Ghosts and the Underground tours in Seattle. It's been a fun start to 2014.

Seeking Silence and Solitude


It’s not always easy and at times you can even find yourself at odds with those around you, and yourself, for seeking silence and solitude. In our world of constant input from media sources, of all kinds, trying to find the time to refresh ourselves and be in touch with our inner thoughts can seem an unobtainable task. But it is not a task. It is a continuing and necessary goal to becoming a better version of you.

Give yourself permission and seek silence. Find a place where you are free to allow your mind to wander, unencumbered by the daily needs to accomplish tasks.

Continue the quest to seek your highest and best self for you and for those you touch.

“Seek silence.
Gladden in silence.
Adore silence.

As one progresses on the path, one seeks silence more and more.
It will be a great comfort, a tremendous source of solace and peace.

Once you find deep solitude and calm, there will be a great gladness in your heart.
Here finally is the place where you need neither defense nor offense — the place where you can truly be open.
There will be bliss, wonder, the awe of attaining something pure and sacred.

After that, you will feel adoration of silence.
This is the peace that seems to elude so many.
This is the beauty of Tao.”
–  Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao Daily Meditations

via Daily Prompt: Continue