Vita Beata

Stephen Jay

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Original music by Stephen Jay, written from the bass up, in new directions. (2022) with special guests Victor Wooten: Vocals, Howard Levy: Harmonica, Piano, Organ, Rod Castro: Guitar, Will Magid: Trumpet, Luke Notary: Percussion, Ruben Valtierra: Keyboards, and Liz McBryde: Violin

Produced by Stephen Jay with Miles Jay and Ian Jay

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Original music by Stephen Jay, written from the bass up, in new directions. (2022) with special guests Victor Wooten: Vocals, Howard Levy: Harmonica, Piano, Organ, Rod Castro: Guitar, Will Magid: Trumpet, Luke Notary: Percussion, Ruben Valtierra: Keyboards, and Liz McBryde: Violin

Produced by Stephen Jay with Miles Jay and Ian Jay

All Songs Composed and Arranged by Stephen Jay Except track 5, Ataraxia (The Perfect Fifth) Composed by Stephen Jay and Howard Levy

Recorded and Mixed at MUSE Ranch Cuddy Valley, California, and remote locations

Mastered at Howie Weinberg Mastering by Howie Weinberg and Will Borza

Album Photos by Barbara Bouman Jay, at Cisco, Utah

Album Design and layout by Chez Yago and Ian Jay

Special Thanks to: Rod Castro, Hannah Jay, Barbara Bouman Jay, Delphine Jay, Howard Levy, Will Magid, Liz McBryde, Luke Notary, Ruben Valtierra, and Victor Wooten. And to: Wooten Woods, Dean Musical Instruments, Alembic Inc. Warwick, Mesa Boogie, DR Strings, The Buzzard’s Belly, and the bobcat outside my door. And also, to: Holly Goldman Wooten, Adam Wooten, and Roy “Future Man “ Wooten. For connecting us all.

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Spontaneous Symmetry

Stephen Jay

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(2016) Instrumental deep funk composed from the bass up. Songs incorporating a collection of exotic instruments. Selections include music written in Stephen Jay’s unique “rhythmonics” style based on his synchronization of pulse and pitch and the use of more than one tempo at a time. (see more on Rhythmonics at www.stephenjay.com under “articles”)

(2016) Instrumental deep funk composed from the bass up. Songs incorporating a collection of exotic instruments. Selections include music written in Stephen Jay’s unique “rhythmonics” style based on his synchronization of pulse and pitch and the use of more than one tempo at a time. (see more on Rhythmonics at www.stephenjay.com under “articles”) Stephen’s experience living in West Africa performing and studying with master drummer Isah Hamani of the Djerma Peoples, (Niamey, Niger) and his studies with Avante Garde composers John Cage, Charles Wuronien, and Max Neuhaus comes to it’s full fruition in this collection of innovative compositions. Guest artists include Wayne Shorter, Alex Acuna, Bruce Meadows, Miles Jay, Ian Jay, and more.

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So Do I Sadie

Stephen Jay

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A collection of favorites curated from Stephen's previous albums. (2019)

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Self Avoiding Random Walk

Stephen Jay

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(2000)

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Physical Answer

Stephen Jay

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(2008)

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Tangled Strings

Stephen Jay

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(1999)

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Sea Never Dry

Stephen Jay

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(1997)

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Non-Franciscan Duets

Ak and Zuie

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Bare bones. Bass, Drums & Vocals. (2005) Ak and Zuie (Stephen Jay and Pete Gallagher) Recorded live at Muse Ranch, June 2005. *With special guest, Jeff Elliott, trumpet on track 10.

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Indra's Net

Stephen Jay

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Solo Acoustic Bass Guitar (2001)

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