Dear Prof. Leary is not only a super-rare and highly touted collectors item but also one of the earliest and strangest examples of the upcoming Jazz/Rock Fusion recordings that would soon transform the Jazz world. Originally released in 1968 on MPS, Barney Wilen And His Amazing Free Rock Band s Dear Prof. Leary l.p. was a sextet of two trios, one playing the more Rock style and the other in the Jazz idiom, complete with two drummers, producing what can only be described as psychedelic Free-Jazz. Highlights include covers of The Beatles The Fool On The Hill , Ornette Coleman s Lonely Woman and Bobbie Gentry s Ode To Billie Joe , scattered amongst the originals.
Scientific mysteries are everywhere around you. At the bottom of the deepest oceans. On the frontiers of the known universe. But some of life's greatest scientific mysteries lie much closer than that: inside the recesses of the human mind.
Last Trip gives a brief introduction to LSD, the lives of Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey with the Merry Pranksters. The documentary comes out giving a nostalgic feel of fading icons of the psychedelic revolution. Different from other documentaries on the topic like "Beyond life" and "The man who turned on America" it doesn't focus on the controversies of LSD or alone on the life of Leary. The narrator is the son of a Merry Prakster Ken Babbs, so what would you expect?
In 1992-1993, Timothy Leary and Genesis P-Orridge created a series of multimedia (audio-visual) lectures / performances entitled "How to Operate Your Brain". Video version of these statements was made in the 1993-1994 year, in which Leary helped multimedia artists from the collective RetinaLogic - Chris Graves, Joey Cavella, and Camella Grace. Video is an hour hyperdelic-cutting, against which Tim Leary gives directions to the good. " All this is accompanied by acid soundtrack (do not know who its author, but I suspect that P-Orridge).
Guitarist Mark O'Leary is usually classified as an avant garde artist, but his album CLOSURE isn't as far out as one might expect. The trio date, which includes drummer Ben Perowsky and pianist Uri Caine, is melodic and accessible, recalling some of the jazz-rock fusion projects of the 1970s. But this is not to say CLOSURE is safe and predictable. Caine, Perowsky, and O'Leary demonstrate a taut, mercurial interplay that favors subtle, complex invention over in-your-face skronk.Vigorously recommended ;)