LOS ANGELES DJ/Producer JOHN "L.A. JAY" BARNES III has put together a mix of jazz records that are best described as “anomalous.”
ANOMALOUS: A JAZZ MIX is full of beguiling melodies, subversions, and unexpected directions, the Anomalous mix conjures up a multitude of emotions and feelings, impossible to fully articulate and somehow sublime.
L.A. JAY explains ANOMALOUS: A JAZZ MIX to WAX POETICS:
Explain the concept, or theme, of the mix?
The mix consists of a variety of jazz recordings that, in their own ways, embody the spirit of all the brilliant, somewhat quirky and curiously elegant people I’ve seemed to know and attract as far back as I can remember. Playful, one of a kind individuals with deceptively high intellect and extraordinary intuition. I imagine the musicians and composers featured on this mix are that way, as well. It isn’t ‘experimental’ jazz per se, outside of the one Eric Dolphy track, perhaps. It’s a pretty accessible playlist featuring some of my favorite jazz anomalies, primarily Mingus, Monk, and early Sun Ra.
Was there one particular song that sparked the train of thought or inspiration?
I’ve been a fan of this kind of jazz for a long time. Over twenty years. I’ve made plenty of mixes mainly for my own pleasure over that time. These days, I’m in more of a sharing mood than I’ve been in a long time. So, recently, I was listening to Sun-Ra’s “Paradise,” a really dope song. I started thinking about other similar personalities in jazz and decided to put something together.
Do you feel that the subversive nature of the music is intentional?
I could really only guess, but I’d say it seems to me like the expression is neither intentional nor deliberately nonconforming. I think these artists are just pure originals.
HAPPY ANOMALOUS JAZZ MIX SUNDAY MORNING JAZZ In The EVENING!!!
PEACE, LOVE, And SUNDAY MORNING JAZZY BLESSINGS;