Big Music, Little Musicians



1 Big Crescendo #2
2 Misty
3 Vortex
4 John
5 Butter
6 Crossing the T (Medium Fast)
7 Chord Canon / X-tra Credit Waltz
8 Ghost Train
9 Green Slippers
10 No Words to Describe It
11 Crazy Strings
12 Epicenter
13 Patterns
14 Excerpt From Around D
15 Cluck
16 The Rhythm Czar
17 Indecisive Weather
18 Up and Down Song
19 Tom Foolery
20 The Note Catcher
21 Cuculi
22 Double Bock Double Rock
23 Raindrops
24 Watercolors
25 The Happy Man
26 Warp 9
27 The Edge
28 Night
29 Quavalette
30 The Jazz of Melody
31 A Walk in the Woods
32 Cheerio!
33 The March of the Termites
34 S.P.A.M.
35 Niru
36 Waves
37 Fireclouds
38 The Cage
39 A Fish in the Water
40 Trump Bone Music
41 Personel
42 Planet Earth (Sun Ra)
43 Help! I'm Drowning in a Sea of Harmony!
44 You Know What?


The typical model for becoming a musician is to learn how to play our instrument through a lot of practice, playing exercises and songs from books or learning to play our favorite songs by playing with recordings over & over & over. After we've gained some proficiency the adventurous among us may start writing our own songs or coming up with you own riffs. For most it's a long way down the line before we start really putting much effort into being creative. But what happens if when we first start learning to play someone's there to urge us to learn to be creative from the very start? For the kids in Randy Porter's music classes at Chabot, Montclair, and Thornhill elementary schools in Oakland, California this is exactly what happened (I'd like to think that's it's still happening, but I don't know). These 4th, 5th, and 6th graders not only learn how to work their chosen instruments, but with as little as a couple months of experience under their belts, they are encouraged to improvise and compose and this disc documents it. Outside of one Sun Ra tune, everything is created by the kids, and while some may cringe at some of the technical problems young, inexperienced players are bound to have, the creativity exhibited is undeniable. It is also refreshing to hear such unabashed, egoless joy as we have hear. Many a seasoned player could stand to give this a listen. I can't imagine a musician who wouldn't be moved by this and who wouldn't find themselves a bit humbled.