Sunday, 10 January 2010

Sad vibes

Monty Stark has died.

Monty was the leader, vocalist, pianist, vibraphonist, composer, arranger and visionary of fuzzy psychedelic jazz combo Stark Reality, a favourite group of mine best known for their 1970 album 'The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop'.

Sort of like 'Sesame Street' music played by Scientologists, the record is quite confusing, occasionally atonal, extremely rewarding and sonically unique. In tribute to Monty, here is 'Thirty Days Hath September' from that great LP.

The Stark Reality's music has been sampled many times by modern producers but, due to a publishing rights issue, Monty received neither recognition or renumeration for his work. Keenly aware that I am posting a free track here, I have made a small donation to Cancer Research on Monty's behalf and would urge you to think about doing the same.

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