The release of this album marks an extremely memorable and significant part of my musical life. I have purposefully detained its release until we found an aesthetic appreciation and understanding of its content by a record company. We have found such an alliance with Jazz Hounds Records and Jack Harcourt’s sensitive ears and dedication to the purity of creativity.
Without realizing exactly how this music was created, one might not fully appreciate its significance to all involved. With a last minute cancellation of a quintet recording session by two members with major conflicts, I had a sudden urge to utilize the booked studio time by experimenting in duo form with Bill Mays, with whom I’d experienced a tremendous musical rapport and sensitivity. When Bill agreed, we merely brought with us assorted sheet music and song books and a short list of some particular ideas for tunes we each might like to try. We began by selecting a tune, a key, and then rolled the tape.
No further discussion occurred as to form, tempo, length of tune, etc. I wanted this experience to be as spontaneous as possible at that moment in time. In almost every case, only one take was done on each tune. No decisions were made as to a desired result. Telepathy I and II are totally spontaneous compositions.
Bill and I feel very honored to have been able to be the “chosen ones” to participate in making this music. I personally achieved a new sense of joy and freedom brought about by an even greater awareness and respect for the pure essence of totally spontaneous creativity through music, the highest challenge of the art form. Many musicians hope to experience this at least once in their lifetime; that we were and still are able to do it “at the drop of a hat” humbles us tremendously while filling our lives with the most joyful, happy, satisfying moments possible. We sincerely hope that this music touches you as deeply as it has touched us.
This album is dedicated to Miles Davis for always maintaining his own point of view!
"The magic telepathy between Bobby Shew and Bill Mays is experienced as one listens to these two sensitive artists exchange thoughts, functioning as open channels for the music to come through each of them spontaneously. Nothing written down… simply two gifted artists performing as one!!!
I thank them deeply for giving to all of us this delightful musical treat and rewarding spiritual experience. May there be many more of these same experiences in the future."
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