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Ray Manzarek and Michael McClure – The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco

Oglio Records has released a soundtrack album (“Love Her Madly”) and a DVD (“The Third Mind”) with the legendary Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. This latest release, a collaboration with Ray and poet Michael McClure entitled “The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco”, takes Ray’s music to another dimension, as McClure explains:


On a cold, foggy night in San Francisco after a great Japanese meal, Manzarek and I stepped onto the stage and there were sparks of consciousness — the stage was on fire with poems and piano Improvisations. The symbiosis and the synergy made lights. Then Larry Kassin stepped up to join us with his jazz flute and Lou Judson was recording. This is a live album with its heart still beating — no tricks, gimmicks, or second takes. We are bringing together my poetry and Ray’s improvisations that shape my word-sounds into richer meanings: Piano Poems.

There’s no way to be without a politics or an antipolitics, no way to be without art, without anger and generosity, without laughter and kindness.

That’s the edge we’re whetting on this album.

Talonbooks recently published a reprint of McClure’s book Specks.

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