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MP3 Patty Morris And Dukkha's Nemesis - Patty Morris And Dukkha's Nemesis

Jazzfully-soulful, funkishly-alternative collection of soulful mama''s life-soaked melodies and lyrics in collaboration with inventive arrangements by her trumpeter son, vocalist daughters, and their world-traveling Berklee-grad jazz https://www.tradebit.comanced cd-r.

14 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Jazz-Funk, JAZZ: Contemporary Jazz

“Patty Morris is the epitome of blue-eyed soul. May your soul be saved!” – JD Steele

“I let the whole band listen on the way home from Bonnaroo…it’s cool…it’s time.” – Ric “jazguitar” Hall

This is an enhanced cd-rom; the Little Buddha animated feature is really cool and works on most, especially newer, computers (but not all, especially older, ones). Such is the nature of "dukkha".

Dukkha=suffering or impermanence
Samsara=cyclical existence
Annutarasambuddha=highest enlightenment
Pig=ignorance; rooster=greed; snake=malice
Dukkha''s Nemesis=a jazzfully soulful ragefully cool hippy-
love-celebrating alternative multi-genre-influenced
collection of life-inspired songs that share the joy of
ego-less collaboration and the theme that the world
benefits all when all choose enlightenment over ignorance.

Currently located in New York, Boston, Portland, Providence, and Nashville, members of Dukkha’s Nemesis have shared the stage with legends including Wynton Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, the Yellowjackets, Cleo Lane and Johnny Dankworth, Hal Crook, Dave Zinno, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, JD Steele, and many more. The extensive influences of jazz, rock, hip hop, funk, blues, soul, R&B, reggae, and other genres are evident in this unique cross-generational project.

THE BIRTH OF DUKKHA''S NEMESIS: Patty Morris, the lead singer, started writing songs (lyrics and melody) based on her observations of both beauty and misery in the world around her while still a child. Later, while her own children were growing up, she formulated the raw ideas for "Dukkha''s Nemesis". She sang her ideas out loud in the kitchen, in the shower, in the car, and performed her own versions of popular blues and jazz songs with a number of bands; however, it wasn''t until her son and his friends were studying jazz in superlative high school and college (Berklee College of Music & Brown University) jazz programs that she had the necessary collaborators to develop "Dukkha''s" into full-blown audible art.

Recognizing opportunity when it knocked on her noggin, Patty came to her son James Donahue (trumpet/composition/arrangements) and his friend Adam Agati (guitar/composition/arrangements) with several of her musical brain-children in 2004. With only a cappella versions of the songs to work with, James and Adam transformed Patty’s long-held ideas, injecting youthful harmonic and rhythmic bodies into what started as blues/soul/R&B heads. The three of them sat down on countless occasions, brainstorming, arranging, and recording musical snippets to eventually be recorded by an all-star cast of old high school friends - together with "James''s Mom" (Patty).

Adam Agati (guitar, etc, etc, exponentially!), Nick Falk (drums), Bryan Ladd (bass), Chris Gagne (trombone), Chris Enright (keys), and Joe Albano (tenor sax) have now all graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. They currently base their respective music careers out of Nashville, Boston, New York, Providence and Portland. James (trumpet and flugelhorn, muchos et ceterae!) performed with and composed/arranged for a number of groups at Brown University. James’s sisters/Patty’s daughters Ali and Gabe (17 and 13 at the time) also came into The Studio in Portland, ME to provide additional vocals on the socially conscious song "Blind", which comments on the pervasive problem of homelessness that afflicts so much of America’s urban population.

Patty’s lyrics also touch upon international politics and the universal ability of human beings to opt for loving kindness over destructive behavior ("Do Some Good"), the difficulty of growing up in a low-income part of Portland with 9 siblings ("Jackie Was Cry’n"), the struggle to accomplish one''s goals against the inevitable passage of time ("The Last Tollgate"), and the hope and gratitude for joyous life that comes from dealing with an as-yet-to-be-cured genetic disease (Cystic Fibrosis).

Patty’s daughter Ali was born with Cystic Fibrosis ("65 Roses" as it is sometimes pronounced by young children - hence, the name of Track #9 on the CD). CF causes lung dysfunction, food absorption issues, multiple hospitalizations, and early death. The median age is 37, meaning half die before that age, many in childhood. 10% OF DUKKHA’S CD OR MERCH PROCEEDS GOES TO CF RESEARCH (more, once we pay back the bank). BETTER TREATMENTS ARE POSSIBLE AND EVENTUALLY A CURE, IF WE KEEP THE RESEARCH GOING! Check out https://www.tradebit.com You can MAKE A DONATION and JOIN OUR FUNDRAISING TEAM, the “ALI KATZ”. If 1000 people each contributed just $10, we''d have $10,000 toward CF research! Accelerating the contributions = faster research results = a cure in sight (= SAVED LIVES!). Thanks!!

In addition to dedicating "65 Roses" to Ali, Patty also wrote "Little Buddha" to capture the free-spiritedness of her daughter Gabe, and "Miles (Down the Road)," a play on words dedicated to her trumpet-playing son James as inspiration after leaving the nest.

Oh, and there''s some cool stuff sprinkled in - like, the gleefully machiavellian little chubbyhead laugh at the end of "Little Buddha" from a 21-year-old cassette-tape-recording of James when he was still in smelly poopoo didie pants. Just thought everyone would want to know...And there''s an animated feature (works on some but not all computers) that you should really check out, it''s ridiculous. Hmmm, and some other little surprises, but I''m not telling, you''ll have to listen to the whole cd!

A final note about the theme which winds its way throughout "Dukkha''s Nemesis": despite and sometimes because of suffering, we possess the ability to choose enlightenment over ignorance. I find it kind of heartening to know, especially since it means that even those political leaders and just plain folk who opt to do chiefly harmful things may at any time choose instead to put that SAME energy toward helping themselves, other individuals and groups of people in need. The spillover effect is a more positive world for all of us. Check out the liner notes and illustrations on the CD package, and you’ll see the same theme visually mirroring that audible thread.

In fact, DN''s singer/songwriter Patty put down her mic and picked up her colored pencils, scissors, and glue to create liner notes and a layout designed to mirror the spirit of the cd''s audio (and animated feature). So, we strongly recommend getting the whole kit and kaboodle, not just because a hefty chunk of any proceeds goes toward curing Cystic Fibrosis (reason enough), but also because sometimes even a Van Gogh is more complete in a lovingly crafted frame.

Helping out with an illness, choosing enlightenment over greed or ignorance, channeling finite life energy toward the positive rather than wasting it on gossip, environmental destruction, or war – the gist comes to a head toward the end of the CD in “Believe in Peace”. (PLEASE...DO!). Joy! Patty Morris & Dukkha''s Nemesis

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