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the Mingus Amungus family, when someone does or says something that
is characteristically unique, we acknowledge it by putting "ism" after
that person's name. For example, we refer to the ability to say no without
actually saying no as a "Joshi-ism"; or aphorisms such as "Must be Ďcause
must is donít sound right" as a "Muziki-ism"; or even the incessant meddling
with everything technical as a "Miles-ism". It is the nature of these "isms"
that make every one of us unique. To appreciate these characteristics is
to appreciate the fundamental elements of our individuality.
CD is a celebration of those characteristics that make us distinct and
unique. It is a tribute to these fundamental elements of our being which
compel us to leave our own distinct fingerprints on the wall of humanity.
By recognizing "isms" we embrace those intrinsic human characteristics
that are the building blocks of self, and subsequently, a diverse society.
concept of "isms" can also be felt in the way we lead our lives. If we
embrace diversity, whether racial, cultural, philosophical, or ideological,
we then accept the true nature of our humanity. However, if we treat our
"isms" as standards by which we measure people, we can ultimately be disappointed
and alienate ourselves. Instead we should celebrate our differences from
person to person and culture to culture.
is deeply rooted in "isms". Regardless of the genre of music, it is the
artist's personal touch that makes a piece distinct. This is especially
true in jazz. The very essence of jazz encourages artists to find their
own voice while interacting with the other members of the group. They engage
in a dialogue of unique ideas and personalities, playing off of one another.
It is an interaction that challenges us to cherish each personís "isms".
each performance, with each CD we produce, Mingus Amungus continues to
celebrate the diversity that we witness within our society. We will continue
to embrace different styles, different cultures and different art forms.
I hope that you enjoy this CD as much as we did making it. It is truly
a blessing for us to be able to share our mind, body and soul.
Miles D.V. Perkins, Director