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Dawn To Dusk by Jim Wellman

A Groovy concept album of dissent. Social commentary viewed from the perspectives of human psychological evolution, mass communications and propaganda.

"Dawn to Dusk is neatly composed and sweet sounding to our ears. Smooth melodies, sweeping vocals and swishing percussion deliver a heavy message with ease."The Huffington Post,Morena Duwe.

"Dawn to Dusk effectively communicates amazingly scathing funk." Examiner.com

The video was supposed to be satire but seems to have confused many people. I wanted to portray a repulsive arrogant oligarch who lives detached in his consumerist sexist luxury world. The reference for most of the form is Citizen Kane using photos/ video clips to show the man at various stages of life, the mouth and sax playing were references to propaganda and the pied piper having everyone (us) dance to his tune & values. Some seem to have taken the video at face value thinking that is who I am, or that it is a sexist video when my intention was to parody that from common music videos.
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"From the first jazzy chord on the single release of his new CD, Dawn to Dusk, you know that Jim Wellman is back on top in the world of music. Sure to get your toes tapping, and mind rethinking the world we live in, this is a CD with a clear message of dissent you wont want to miss out on." Jazzu.org

"Jim Wellman's 'Dawn to Dusk' is groovy and shrewd." AXS

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"Musically the album is superb both in composition, arrangement and execution. Both Jim Wellman and guest vocals help convey a serious message whilst supporting the overall class of this musical journey. If you like Jazz Funk this is a must have, if you are not sure, it's still probably a must have." Beehive Candy.

"I give this album a 9.5 out of 10 rating. Jim's artistic version of social commentary leaves a favorable impression on me about his talent and intelligence. He fails to be bland, as his music is very pleasing to the ears and mind."Blastingnews.com

For full track notes,Lyrics, and an overview of the themes in Dawn To Dusk see Below

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IMPORTANT: How you can help.

This project was my expression of dissent for the current world order and an offering of ideas about how we got here and what could be done. If you have an appreciation of this effort,Please buy an official copy, but you could also help my efforts by spreading exposure of this album by sharing or linking to it in any way. Change needs amplification of good ideas, and the people are the amp.

Other Releases

Love Not Truth

The fallibility and elusiveness of truth
Postmodern Jazz featuring Roy Ayers


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Jim Wellman and Guests

A collection of unreleased and re- mastered original mixes of the early solo career, featuring Roy Ayers, Judy La Rose, Dennis Davis and ex Brand New Heavies Lascelle Gordon, Mike Smith, and Gerard Presencer

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An Overview Of The Themes In Dawn To Dusk

A full concept album expanding on the themes of the song Lucy.

In 2014, Jim Wellman had no intention to work in music again, but with the western support of fascism in Ukraine, and the constant lies and propaganda by the western press, he felt that things were taking a dark turn for the worse and that he to do something. So he decided to write and produce a jazz/funk/disco concept album. A Musical of dissent.

About Us

Lewontin Campbells' heuristic for change:

Change=Diversity X Selection X Amplification constantly reoccurring.

 

This learning tool seems to have an incredible universality to it, in not only describing the mechanisms of billions of years of evolution but also as an explanation for so many aspects of human culture. Neatly contained in it are the tag team concepts of specialization and generalization. Whereas much genetic evolutionary change shaped the physical attributes of life forms to hand them advantages in specific environmental niches, there are many other examples where adaptive behaviours and generalised physical attributes allow diversity . In Higher primates, it seems the general toolset was inherited, but adaptability was maximised by allowing behaviour to be learnt and replicated, refined, discarded and replaced within one animal's lifetime, greatly accelerating the responsiveness of the species to change .With language the process accelerates again exponentially, but with all that diversity, the advantages of specialisation were not discarded, because specialisation occurs within individuals who chose to learn, experiment with, refine and then teach any advancements in their chosen specialisation to others.

 

The meaning of truth.

Whilst it seems evident that within the LC heuristic there is no place for truth when looking at the overview of a species, to the individual human, the perception of truth is supremely motivational. Although we know that our personal truths change over time and that they are limited by what we know so far and exclude all the information that is there but we have not yet discovered as individuals, there is still a delusional arrogance of personal truth within the individual who is always ready to argue for it at any opportunity  when interacting with others  (in expressing opinions). Looking at the overview of the LC heuristic this mechanism seems incongruous, but there are good reasons for the delusion of premature personal truth. Firstly the process of submitting these ' limited' truths publically allows for their refinement, rejection or acceptance by those with different knowledge and experience within the cultural melting pot. Secondly as explored by James Burke in his seminal tv series Connections, the vast majority of technological advancements have come about not by the ground breaking invention of one individual, but by the combining of several already existing ideas in the right way to effect great change or advancement for humanity.

 

The long slog of human evolution.

The modern human mind and its mechanisms evolved over millions of years exclusively within social groups conforming to the Dunbar number (communities of about 150 people). Within groups of this size it is unlikely that the delusions and wants of the individual would often ever conquer the moderating effect of the needs of the wider community. Everyone was part of that selection process in the LC heuristic driving adaptation for the benefit of the community and species.

 

Civilisation.

With agriculture, excess stored grain and produce, Mankind began to live in very large civilisations for the sake of security from raiders and succumbed to the centralised planning and rule of  various forms of monarchy, aristocracy and hegemony. The complexities of organisation of large number of people living in cities meant that the vast majority of people no longer took any part in the selection process that determined changes to the way they lived. Although occasionally the leadership might be overthrown or new representatives of the people elected, the power inherent in the rulers and their own instincts for self preservation made the concerns of the vast majority of humanity redundant , and little has changed to this day in terms of 'management' of society over the 10 millennia of civilisation we have experienced.. This is predicted in the LC Heuristic as the selection is now entirely within the hands of an elite few whose own personal delusions of truth may well have let them to believe they were doing what is best for everyone, but without everyone being involved in that selection process there is little chance of change in management as they make selections in their own interests.

 

Mass communications.

The principles of the LC heuristic have driven changes in biological evolution over billions of years, and human evolution over millions, but  the distortions of human culture escalated exponentially with the advent of mass communications, and the modern human mind seems to have little defence against it because natural selection had never encountered anything like it before. Man is primed to absorb information, adopt it as part of his personal truth, and replicate that to others. The failsafe was that there would always be a great diversity of competing ideas moderated within the best interests of a community. When those interests are replaced by the interests of an elite it is problematic, but when they also have control over mass communications and can limit the diversity of available information to manufacture consent, then we have a nightmare, and it is no coincidence to me that the first century of mass communication also coincides with the bloodiest and most environmentally damaging century ever since man first stood up 5 million years ago.  The LC Heuristic is again very useful in explaining how propaganda works, Dawkins meme theory, divide and rule, fundamentalism, solidarity, and lack of political change. It seems to me to have a universality about it relating to human life.

 

 

The Internet,

- in its infancy is a revolutionary technology for mankind allowing two way mass communication to all, unlimited diversity and selectivity by anyone connected, and the results have been devastating for the ability of the oligarchy to maintain their control over public opinion through propaganda. As false flags are exposed, disillusionment escalates and cracks are appearing in the facade, we must expect and see signs of a retaliation and  self preservation by the oligarchy in attempts to curb net neutrality by fostering and publicising extremism and to use that as an excuse to curb dissent and censor the internet.

 

As we are now facing our own provoked destabilisation and I expect a prompt 'solution' in the near future, our only defence would be a critical mass of citizenship who see the move for what it is, and call for changes in their government instead of changes to their freedom of information and expression.

 

Conclusions

Western governments have relied heavily on propaganda in order to manufacture consent for the supremacy of the military industrial complex over all other considerations of human interest. The resulting havoc and destabilisation all around the world has been devastating, and with no let up to date and irresponsible economic policies that always favour the elite and widen the wealth gap, I believe the people of the so called free democratic nations must seek real change.

 

What that change needs to be should not be dictated by me or anyone else but instead evolved from consensus and experimentation. If you ask my opinion on one change to start with it would be to make at least 5 % of all government votes on policies available to the general public through a fair and un tamper able e-voting system, (Maybe on an open source block chain like the Axiomity experiment). That would at least involve the people in politics and their own management for the first time since civilisation, and show the divide between what we want and what politicians decide highlighting democratic accountability. (As opposed to the pseudo democracy of electing a corruptible individual (Red or Blue) once every 5 years to make all decisions on our behalf,)

 

However a word of warning, the Lewontin Campbell heuristic also suggests that just picking and supporting a cause will not lead to change without major amplification. Especially when there are many other meritous causes competing for support (Divide and conquer). Citizens must first realise that the possibilities for any changes that benefit the many are very limited under current pseudo democracies, and they must unite and amplify to deliver change to their democratic systems before they will ever really become conducive to further change.

 

Jim Wellman

Send feedback constructive criticism & further ideas to

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Trk1 Lucy

Inspired by the discovery of the half complete Australopithecus Aferensis skeleton found by Donald Johanson and Maurice Taieb in Ethiopia in 1974.The find was named Lucy after the Beatles tune Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds playing on the radio that night, and was dated at about 3 million years old. Whether or not Lucy is our direct ancestor or relative, she was at the time the first upright walking ape in our very sketchy archaeological records. Recent discoveries have suggested bipedalism originated much earlier, and so 5 million years was guessed for the lyric. Jim's Daughter is also Lucy, and responsible for the artwork on the CD. Vocals by Judy La Rose. This track was completely reworked from a previous incarnation on the Love Not Truth album. Additional Guitar parts by my nephew Dominic Heneghan (Submarine Monkey LINK).


Lyrics

Around 5 million years ago,

We were waling hand in hand unlike our mothers. and all the others,

Walking on all fours, scratching with their paws,

and then our minds began to grow.

Language from a bark, campfires after dark,

We learned to throw, and crops we got to sow,

Soon there was food for everyone,

Sitting in the sun, time to have more fun, more time to teach our young.

Oh Lucy, we could be, anything we wanted to become.

Walking in the park, TV after dark, there's a million games to play.

Reading writing books, experimental looks, yeah we're looking good this day.

Driving in our cars, reaching for the stars, maybe we'll get far away.

Sitting in our homes spending with our loans, Baby we'll get rich one day.

 

But lookout, because the last 100 years,

we've spilt more blood than any other since you,

and now our world appears to me to be so frail, since your discovery OH Lucy


Trk2

Lewontin Campbell About Lewontin Cambell's heuristic for change. The equation of evolution itself, but it also applies to many aspects of human culture Inc, Propaganda, Fascism etc .Central to the album concept, see above overview of Themes in Dawn To Dusk. Lead vocal by Terron from studiopros.com.


Lyrics

 

Lewontin Campbell's heuristic finds,

that for change there are just 3 things that you need.

In their equation they have described, evolution with all of its methods intertwined.

 

DIVERSITY, SELECTIVITY, and then RECOPY all the best you see.

From some amoebae to the chimpanzee, these 3 things we see advantageously.

 

Through adaptation, our genes refined, and we inherited the modern human's mind.

In populations of Dunbar's size, co operations of small groups could survive.

Associations would moderate, how any one of us could come to dominate.

 

and that's still who we are, though we drive in cars,

minds cant change that far in only 10 millennia.

Every one of us, had a role to play , in selecting how we could change our ways.

 

Civilization, changed everything, large populations with centralized planning.

Organization, complexities of interactions meant rules for you and me.

And from that moment in history, we lost 5 million years of meritocracy.

 

For security we endorsed monarchy, an aristocracy, and their hegemony.

Little diversity, no selectivity, but still recopy what we get to see,

-NO CHANGE!


Trk3 Probably Good

Song about a man who was probably good but lived in a deregulated consumerist society. The video is supposed to be satire but seems to have confused many people. I wanted to portray a repulsive arrogant oligarch who lives detached in his consumerist sexist Luxury world. The reference for most of the form is Citizen Kane using photos/ video clips to show the man at various stages of life, the mouth and sax playing were references to propaganda and the pied piper having everyone (us) dance to his tune & values. Some seem to have taken the video at face value thinking that is who I am, or that it is a sexist video when my intention was to parody that from common music videos. I thought the glass smashing the fat silhouette dance and the creepy line dance would be enough evidence of satirical intent.Lead vocal by Tara from studiopros.com.


LYRICS

 

Probably good, but man is infinitely corruptible,

and he would go far, to get a nice car.

Once on the hook, that man is constantly compliable,

and to feather his nest, he'd sell out all the rest.

 

Love cant change it,

Faith wont heal it,

truth's induced it,

and our law's infused it

Gall conceived it,

Zeal compelled it

Flaws produced it

and our leaders deregulated it.

 

Probably good, but he was entirely expendable,

so he did what he could, maybe not what he should.

Warning, there's a short circuit in the master plan.

Our only defence you see, was from within a community

for 5 million years , he was tempered by his peers,

Now he lives for his own, his wealth is overgrown

 

Chorus repeat

 

Did nothing wrong, Shining example of accomplishment.

A sure fire winning strategy, 'cept not for the vast majority.

Why are billionaires the ones who set our economic policies

Did shares in the arms industry, influence all the new wars we've seen

Probably good, One man is ultimately subvert able

and he would go far to get a nice car.


Trk 4 Premature Truth

Speculative musings on the reason for the delusional arrogance of the perception of truth to the individual the reasons for it in human psychology and its advantages in contributing to the melting pot. Lead Vocal by Jim Wellman

LYRICS 

There's a reason that I should think this way, that I've got things to say.

Avocation of my thoughts this day, hereby I'll re convey.

In my mind, Ideas mull around inside my head,

and mix with all the things that I have read,

and that's the truth for me, which I'll then recopy, to anyone who'll listen

and though I've been wrong so many times before,

hear my song of premature truth.

 

(NARRATION)

(1st part)

In early man, cultural exchanges within social groups greatly enhanced the adaptive potential of the species and facilitated exploitation of every possible environmental niche.

As the knowledge base of mankind began to exceed the capacity of any individual to learn it all, people adopted specialisations within greater communities

In order to preserve the expertise acquired through individual specialisation, the modern human mind evolved over millions of years with 2 distinct mechanisms to drive replication of accumulated knowledge.

Firstly, individuals are born with an innate curiosity, an instinct for absorbing and processing information either retold or from personal experience.

Secondly, we are born with an instinct to express out thoughts to others, no matter how premature they might be, so that they become refined from the rebuttals or endorsements of others, but also so that ideas and experience become shared within the community.

(2nd Part)

No one ever know what the consequences of their ideas might be.

Only when bits and pieces of numerous existing ideas come together in the right way, is there's invention which changes the way we live.

The communal sharing and refinement of ideas has been of utmost importance to the advancement of mankind, but the individual is largely unaware of the process.

For society truth never exists. There is just a hypothetical set of best practices in use that constantly change

However to the individual the perception of truth is supremely motivational.

Although we know our truths are limited by much we don't know yet, and that our truths change over time, by design, there is still a delusional and illogical arrogance of personal truth in the individual ever leading their actions.To put it another way. Everyone has their reasons !

 

There's a reason that I should think this way, that I've got things to say.

No resignation of my role to play, in reviewing my world today.

try to find, the one thing that I'd change through all mankind.

the one thing that is utmost in my mind.

To find another way, to make a better day, for anyone who'll listen,

and though I've been wrong, so many times before,

hear my song of premature truth.


Trk 5 Feedback Loop

A short interlude track, grounding an overview of the album concept but also introducing the concept of dialogue in communications over the conventional narrator.


Trk 6 Night Of The Meme

Expanding on Richard Dawkins meme theory, the song references the animal kingdom and suggests how dangerous unprecedented and subversive mass communications are to human psychology. Vocals By Terron from studiopros.com.

LYRICS

What's a lion without it's pride,
Or a honeybee without a hive,
What's a monkey without it's tribe
maladjusted (wearing the clothes of a doll)
Propaganda invades our minds
a short circuit throughout mankind
and replaces ideas it finds
like a cuckoo chick evicts the young of another bird's nest
Forsaking all the rest
Believing it knows best.
When the plan's unseen,
How do you safeguard against the Night Of The Meme

Birds know what to sing
Frogs know their own croaking
and the wolves all know what to howl
for a while in an unsettling style]
[But when someone hears on the news
unbalanced un rebutted views
he assumes the thing to be true
like a Stepford wife taking the place of someone's inner mind
opinions realigned
Allegiances reassigned
To the plan's unseen
How do you safeguard against the Night Of The Meme


Trk 7 Red Or Blue.

Starting with a quote from Masque Of Anarchy (Shelly), and portraying the utter futility of the two party representative democracy and its inability to achieve change. The song was written before the interesting development of (possibly) anti establishment candidates in USA 2016, and Jeremy Corbyn (UK), the likelihood is still that these alternatives have little chance of achieving power and change. Lead vocal by Tara from studiopros.com.

LYRICS
Rise like lions from a slumber
in un vanquish able numbers
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you
We are many they are few.
(End quote)
Red or blue, never gonna change a thing.
What they do is pretend that they've got our backing.
And then stop any progression or unravelling
Of their power base.

Power by representation's never democracy
And we'll never see Implementation
of the masses' wish through all the nation
and we'll never get the oversight that we all need.

Red or blue, are colours not policies
Get to choose someone else to make choices for me
And once in he has no accountability
For the things he said

Endless war and sophistry were never endorsed by me
And we'll never see an X factor
For anything that really matters
Just singin, dancin, dragons and apprenticees
Red or Blue

Why no votes on Question Time to see who we believed
No one wants to show what people really hope to see
So no reformation for our pseudo democracy
And we'll never see Implementation
of the masses' wish through all the nation
and we'll never get the oversight that we all need.


Trk 8 Happy Song

A plea for all artists in popular culture to take on responsibility with prominence and express relevant opinions on behalf of the vast majority of citizens who have no representation within the dysfunctional western political system. Vocals by Tara from studiopros.com, and Jim Wellman

LYRICS
Tyranny comes with a happy song,
I'm hearing it all through the day.
All clap along to our happy song
as evil's returning, and buildings are burning
false flags unfurling , new wars occurring
and media spread rhetoric throughout the day
Tyranny comes with a happy song,
to counter our fears as we pray
Its our culture it's not what we've minds for,
So let's hear opinions so they weigh,
and let's hear what everyone has to say

Aint sayin it's wrong to write happy songs,
that invoke truth in a time of confusion,
but if you're using your band to put heads in the sand
then I'm not conducive,
the truth's too elusive
when media's mentored, and dissent is censored
and culture's dumbed down to laughing at clowns in their play
Tyranny comes with a happy song,
to counter our fears as we pray.
Meaningless culture is not what we've minds for
it's role is too important to betray
Tyranny came with a happy song today.


Trk 9 For The First Time.

A plea for the preservation of net neutrality and more modern forms of progressive democracy possible for the first time ever with modern connectivity. It is much better fit for the LC heuristic than  representative democracy, this is our best hope of achieving real change, which in itself will makes it the prime target of the status quo for 'reformation'. Lead vocal by Terron from studiopros.com.

LYRICS
I'll concede, that leadership had merit,
and I'll have to give some credit, that it brought stability.
But with mass communications,
They got ideas above their stations,
and then assumed oligarchy
made an ass of you and me.

But for the first time , ever in history
A possibility, of restoring what we once did have,A meritocracy
A new ubiquity, of a great diversity, and general selectivity
Though some say, the technology's not liberating,
It is in fact debilitating, harshest control we've ever seen.
But we could make some new revisions
And with some open sourced precision
A bit congress there could be
A commons for humanity

Cos for the first time ever in history
The future's ours to seize my friends
within this technology.
Don't be no Wylie Coyote, and just give up so easily
Don't be persuaded by the fears they have, of our net neutrality

Beware of new deceptions,
They'll play on our perceptions
And they'll attempt to intervene.
Because they can't project their memes

For the first time, ever in history
No editors for what is newsworthy
a view from all sides at the scene
Unlimited discussion, of all possible repercussions
A new ubiquity, A possibility

Trk 10 Cynical Century

This century was the bloodiest and most environmentally damaging since our ancestors first stood up 5 million years ago. This was also the first century of mass communications in the exclusive hands of an elite oligarchy. Lead vocal by Jim Wellman.

LYRICS

Cynical Century,
Barbarous captaincy.
Exceptionality
Delusional

There was a time, when the laws of physics applied,
When love was supreme in my mind, reciprocity,.
Now I see, that Bernays has neutralised me,
and in all our redundancy, lies inhumanity,
Cynical Century.

Pseudo Democracy
Arcane authority
Revolving doors,
Society is no more,

I crippled my epistemology
when the official narrative leads to impossibility
and though we've seen, the freefall and heat in the scene
our views are now just as extreme
as a terrorist or a pacifist

Enlighten us
Enable us
Further us
Cynical Century

Trickledown fallacy
Nepotic economies
Mendacity Inefficiency

And so we've seen
that war's still the health of the state,
and the sophistry just won't abate, its perfidious,
Divide and rule, adversity always applies
to destabilise unified cries for humanity.
From Ludlow to Allende's Grave,
MH17 now paves the way to accusatory elusivity

Enlighten Us
Enable us
Further us
Cynical Century

Trk 11 Let The People Rule Ya

Ensemble curtain call to this musical of dissent, this track suggests some of many possible changes we could make if only change itself was an option within western politics. For Jim Wellman, if change is ever possible, the first priority should be to include the people in politics by adding an initially small amount of legislative votes to all citizens through an e voting system on issues. The first change must be to open a pathway to the possibility of further change.

LYRICS

Let the people rule ya

Disengagement constantly spreading
Lack of confidence in the new schemes
5 per cent of votes to e-voting
Increase participation then let's see
Persuade our politicians to comply
Right/left paradigm no longer flies.
Lobbying wont buy us with a bribe.
Couldn't be more flawed so why not try

Education, innovation, embracing diversity
Party funding regulated , Obscene wealth eliminated.
Discretion in consumerism,
Choose your products with cognition
Cost of bombs redistributed
Would resolve most conflicts that are disputed
Peer to peer, mesh networking, maybe Axiomity
Profit sharing companies , fair trade not monopolies
Open source the human might,
Crowd funding not copyrights
Chaos the means to preserve the reins
Nothing to fear except lack of change

Let the people rule ya

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are moulded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind"

Edward  Bernays, Propaganda

About Us

This century, has been the bloodiest and most environmentally damaging since our human ancestors first walked upright around 5 million years ago. For me it is not coincidental that this was also the first century of mass communications, and that western governments have relied heavily on propaganda in order to manufacture consent for the supremacy of the military industrial complex over all other considerations of human interest. The resulting havoc and destabilisation all around the world has been devastating, and with no let up to date and irresponsible economic policies that always favour the elite and widen the wealth gap, I believe the people of the so called free democratic nations must seek real change.

The Internet, in its infancy is a revolutionary technology for mankind allowing two way mass communication to all, unlimited diversity and selectivity by anyone connected, and the results have been devastating for the ability of the oligarchy to maintain their control over public opinion through propaganda. As false flags are exposed, disillusionment escalates and cracks are appearing in the facade, we must expect and see signs of a retaliation and self preservation by the oligarchy in attempts to curb net neutrality by fostering and publicising extremism and to use that as an excuse to curb dissent and censor the internet.

As we are now facing our own provoked destabilisation and I expect a prompt 'solution' in the near future, our only defence would be a critical mass of citizenship who see the move for what it is, and call for changes in their government instead of changes to their freedom of information and expression.

Jim Wellman

Love Not Truth Album Notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is big band Jazz funk at its best and most accessible. Brand New Heavies co-founder member Jim Wellman features three different lead vocalists including Roy Ayers and numerous accomplished soloists. The album lyrically essays on postmodernism, altruism, language  and love. Great song writing is combined with excellent soloing, and the grooves and production are of high quality throughout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRACK NOTES

Trk1 Sun theme. A minimalist intro. 

Trk2 Love not Truth. The song was written and recorded spring 2001 as a plea to western 'democracy' to wake up and count the chickens, but unfortunately events later that year made the situation infinitely worse with our 'good versus evil' stance. With the chorus lyric 'Hey we all need some love tonight' Jim felt there was one person who should do the job and that was Roy Ayers. Roy had worked with him in 1994 on some of the other songs on this album, so he set up another session at a flat in Clapham using home recording equipment and filmed the session. The footage was mixed with animation and can be seen in the video link above. Jim has always been fascinated by soloists improvising over groove, and wanted to capture Roy 's incredible soloing on the vibes.

Trk3 Lucy was inspired by the discovery of the half complete Australopithecus Aferensis skeleton found by Donald Johanson and Maurice Taieb in Ethiopia in 1974.The find was named Lucy after the Beatles tune Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds playing on the radio that night, and was dated at about 3 million years old. Debates are still raging as to whether Lucy is our direct ancestor or relative, but she was at the time the first upright walking ape in our very sketchy archaeological records. Recent discoveries have suggested bipedalism originated much earlier, and so 5 million years was guessed for the lyric. Vocals by Judy La Rose, Solos by Mike Smith and Robert Carter .Jims daughter is also called Lucy .

Trk 4 Crazy Love Song Reworked from the 1994 album Time and Space, this was Jim's tribute to music and film that had inspired him to express himself artistically. Mel Nixon used his wonderfully characteristic vocals to lead the track. The groove is a tribute to the JB's. Lascelles solid rhythm guitar and percussion set up the mood, and Robert Carter gets seriously funky with his rhodes solo. Roy Ayers iced the cake with the organ solo played on his midi vibes .Horns by Mike Smith & Gerard Presencer .

Trk 5. Darkness Into Light, Reworked from the 1994 album Time and Space, Judy Vocals, Robert Carter & Mike Smith Solos, Lascelles percussion, this one is for all artists who dare to wear their hearts on their sleeves. They may never change the world, but it is a glorious failure to attempt to do so, and inspire someone else to take up the challenge.

Trk 6 Good vibrations. Not the Brian Wilson tune but after the amount of time it took to finish this album there is some sympathy. Roy chose a groove that Jim had, and laid down an improvisation which was then cut into this track. Not originally constructed as a song it is a tribute to Roy that he can come up with enough good material to cut into a song. Jim Backing vocals Roy Solo. Keith More Guitar riffs.

Trk7. Everything Judy Vocals on the verses with Jim on the choruses expressing his postmodernist paradox. Roy Ayers solo.

Trk8. Love Once More. Mel Nixon vocals with Jim and Judy on Bv's Keith More Guitar riffs, and blinding solos by Keith and Robert Carter.

Trk9. Undecided. On this funky instrumental track, Unresolved and floating, the tune meanders over a 'comme ci comme ca' riff. The tune reflects a little sadness, tired by an unending and unattainable search for truth in life and production, the tune signalled an intended end to Jim's musical career.

Trk 10 Another Kind Of Culture Another track reworked from the 1994 project Time and Space, Roy chose this one to have a go on, and he blew away Jim's original chorus in the way only he can do. Judy survived for the verses, Mike & Gerard did some lovely horn work, with Keith More grooving and soloing on guitar. The track was inspired by the ditty 'Its Love' written and performed by Charlie Chaplin in his 1952 film Limelight.

ADDITIONAL TRACKS only on the 2006 Timewarp release now discontinued on CD But available still on Digital downloads

Trk 11 Love Not Truth Feat Judy La Rose

Trk 12 Time And Space Theme

 

 

PLAYERS

ROY AYERS: The legendary American Vibes player who more than any other inspired me to want to express myself in the language of Jazz/Funk/Fusion. His soloing on the vibes, melodically and rhythmically is amongst the best I have ever heard on any instrument. His production on countless albums especially from the 70's is impeccable. His 'soft' vocals perfectly compliment his lyrically intelligent humanism with his search for a better way and his crazy love songs. www.royayers.com Vocals Trks 2, 6, & 10. Solos Trks 2,4,6,7,& 9 .

JUDY LA ROSE: Session singer and backing vocalist for too many famous projects to mention here, Judy is well due some limelight herself, and I am proud to have her up front on four tracks of this album. Vocals Trks 3,5,7,8,& 10.

MEL NIXON: Originally from Houston Texas , Vietnam war veteran, Mel was a singer in the Fantastics, best known for their Northern Soul classic 'Something Old Something New'. Mel was a wonderful character who passed away in 2003. Vocals Trks 4 & 8.

LASCELLES GORDON :Guitar & percussion. Co-founder of The Brand New Heavies One of the original Rare groove DJs. An incredibly solid player rhythmically. Also Heliocentric world, Beth Orton, Campag Velocet and 7-Hurtz .Vocals Guitar & Percussion Trk 4. Perc Trks 5& 10.

MIKE SMITH : Sax. Brand New Heavies ,Jamiroquai ,Blur & Gorillaz. Trks 3,4,5,8,& 10.

KEITH MORE : Guitar Once musical Director for Five Star, Keith is a technically brilliant guitarist in all styles who has released his own album Guitar Stories to great acclaim. Trks 5,6,8,&10.

GERARD PRESENCER.: Trumpet. Brand New Heavies ,and numerous heavyweights in the Jazz world including John Dankworth for many years and has his own prestigious solo career.Trks 4,5 &8.

ROBERT CARTER: Keyboards, is a wonderful soloist. I got him to play on the Heavies first album, and used him again for all keyboard solos on this album.Solos Trks 3,4,8,&10.

JOE LEACH: Sound engineer on this album, and runs his own studio in North London 'The Cowshed'. www.cowshedstudio.com Rhodes on trk 10.

ROB MULARCHY: Bass Player for Zero 7.Trk 2

COLIN MACKENZIE: Bass.Trk 10.

JIM WELLMAN: Producer and principal writer of Postmodern Jazz. Co-founder of The Brand New Heavies.
All other parts.

Executive Producer: Phil Chuter, Ruben Sounds

THANKS TO: Angie, Phil & Mary, Wisey & Burt, Matthew Casswell, James Davis, Tim Cullen, , Pat Kirk, and South London taxi driver - Gavin West.

Track 1 :The Fuse Pt1
Re mastered from Jim Wellman's first release post Brand New Heavies, the 1994 album Crazy Love Songs by Time and Space.
Vibes solo by Roy Ayers, Drums: Dennis Davis, Horns: Mike Smith & Gerard Presencer, Percussion: Lascelle Gordon, Guitar: Keith More, Bass: Donald Nicks, Keyboards, Jim Wellman.

Track 2 Packing Up.
A previously unreleased track.
The chorus was written circa 1985 in a collaboration with New York vocalist Nicole Straun (Then married to alto sax player David Straun in Jim's first London based band).The verses were written and the song developed in 2002 and it was intended to be part of a double album release 'Love not Truth' but following advice from distributors etc, the album was cut to 10 tracks and a follow up album planned for the additional material which never came to fruition.
Vocal: Judy La Rose, Horns: Mike Smith & Gerard Presencer, Guitar: Keith More, Remaining parts: Jim Wellman.

Track 3 Funky Fax.
Another previously unreleased track from 2002.
After the distributor Soul trader ceased trading shortly after the release of the Love Not Truth album (by Postmodern Jazz) ,the album was withdrawn , and a reincarnation of it released through Timewarp in 2006 who then (shortly afterwards) filed for bankruptcy. Following this debacle and the disappointing exposure the project received, Jim shelved plans for the unreleased material. These days, does anyone even know what a fax machine sounded like?
All parts by Jim Wellman

Track 4 Love Not Truth.
Sung by Judy La Rose over a slower mid tempo groove than the released Roy Ayers version, this track is re-mastered from a bonus track mix which was included in the Timewarp 2006 re release of the album.
Vibes Solo: Roy Ayers, Other parts: Jim Wellman

Track 5 The Fool
Previously unreleased track from 2002, all parts by Jim Wellman

Track 6 The Boundaries of Love.
Previously unreleased track from 2002, all parts by Jim Wellman except main vocal by Judy La Rose. Whilst the problems associated with economic migration cannot be denied, this song was written in revulsion to the xenophobic mainstream attitudes to refugees who are mainly created by the western military industrial complex and planned destabilisations in the first place.

Track 7 Another Kind Of Culture.
Re-mastered from the 1994 Crazy Love Songs release. Actually inspired by a Charlie Chaplin composition (It's Love) , from his film Limelight . The chorus was contributed by Roy Ayers in his ad libs. This is a more classic type arrangement for the track than the 2004 remix. To Jim , Postmodern Jazz meant Jazz inspired by postmodernism and a rejection of truths lyrically. However by 2004 Postmodern Jazz had actually become a musical genre accentuating as diverse elements as possible in the production (Bavarian berry pipes over breakbeats anyone?).
Vocals: Judy La Rose & Roy Ayers, Vibes Solo : Roy Ayers, Drums: Demmis Davis, Guitar: Keith More, Bass Donald Nicks, Percussion: Lascelle Gordon, Keyboards, Jim Wellman.

Track 8. Time and Space Theme.
Re-mastered from the 2006 bonus track on the short lived Timewarp release of the album Love not Truth Album (PMJ Allstars). A full on slice of Acid Jazz.
Horns: Mike Smith & Gerard Presencer, Sax Solo: Mike Smith, Guitar solo: Keith More, Keyboard Solo: Robert Carter, Percussion: Lascelle Gordon, Remaining parts: Jim Wellman

Track 9 To Hear Your Love
Remastered second half of the track from the 19994 Time and space album.
Vocals: Mel Nixon, B Vocals: Judy La Rose, Sax Mike Smith Trumpet: Gerard Presencer, Drums: Dennis Davis Keyboards: Jim Wellman

Track 10 Darkness Into Light
Another track re-mastered from the 1994 Time And Space album, given a postmodern jazz (genre) reworking in 2004 on the LNT album, but equally good here in its original classic incarnation.
Vocals Judy La Rose, Drums: Dennis Davis, Percussion: Lascelles Gordon, Guitar: Keith More, Bass: Colin Mackenzie Sax Solo: Mike Smith, Synth Solo: Robert Carter , Keyboards, Jim Wellman & Joe Leach.

Track 11 :The Fuse Pt2
Re worked from the 1994 album Crazy Love Songs by Time and Space.
Drums: Dennis Davis, Soprano Sax Solo: Mike Smith, Percussion: Lascelle Gordon, Guitar Solo: Keith More, Remaining parts: Jim Wellman.


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