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“In 2013, an American music journalist named Samuel Bellevue was traveling through small villages and hamlets from the Middle East through India and had made an unusual discovery: a folk song that bore an exact resemblance to a 1950’s jazz standard. As was discovered, back during the Pahlavi era, Parviz Hosseini, a Persian musician fleeing political unrest, came to America and fell in love with jazz music. He had been especially fond of ‘Stablemates’, a harmonically advanced and melodically winding tune written by saxophonist Benny Golson.

When relative peace came back to Iran, Hosseini continued to introduce jazz (in secret) to whoever would listen, especially ‘Stablemates’. Because he did not remember the chord changes, he had only played them the melody. And that’s when something truly remarkable happened: As the melody spread eastward, a counterpoint began to develop underneath the melody, completely separate from the original Western harmony. Not only did the harmonic structure change, a new melody, meant to be played alongside the original, emerged that could stand on its own, referred to as ‘Tablamata’ (a bastardized amalgam of several different languages that could roughly be translated into ‘drum temple’).

Bellevue returned to the U.S. with this remarkable discovery and, not quite knowing how to present it with great accuracy, labeled it 'Tablamata/Stablemates'."


from Spoken Migration, released March 22, 2013
"Stablemates" written by Benny Golson.



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Dan Lehner's Memory Field New York, New York

Memory Field is the first working quartet project of New York trombonist/composer Dan Lehner. Consisting of two horns, bass and drums, Memory Field draws from a diverse spectrum of genre influence to bind to a singular, unique palate for improvised music.

The band's debut EP, "Spoken Migration", features:

Nathan Hook - Tenor Sax
Sammy Weissberg - Bass
Dan Kurfirst - Drums, percussion
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