Saturday, February 02, 2008

On the World Unity Jazz Ensemble: Pupils of the Eyes

Phil Morrison Song Lyrics
Pupil of the Eye

Pupil of the Eye - The source of our vision
Pupil of the Eye - The Creator's gift of sight
A gift for all humanity - Seekers of the light

World Unity Jazz Ensemble

Jazz / Chinese traditional / Latin

"...promoting international harmony through music."

Brunswick, Georgia, United States

The co-founders of WUJE (woo-jay), Phil Morrison and Keith Williams have for over ten years performed in and written music related to Asia, primarily China and Japan. Their "China Skies" CD represents the unique writing and arranging skills necessary to capture the flavor of Asia. It was recorded in China, Japan, and the USA. In this new project, it is particularly noteworthy that three of the originals are assumed to be traditional melodies from China but they are actually melodies written by Phil or Keith. Keith Williams, a graduate of the renowned Berklee College of Music, is the musical director and orchestrator of the music, while Phil Morrison is the primary organizer and composer of much of their original material. Given the current climate of worldwide discord that affects us all, we offer this unique musical presentation as an example of "international harmony" which most of us long for. Jazz has always been a unifying force and WUJE would like to carry on this tradition as exemplified by the great Dizzy Gillespie. Both Phil and Keith performed with Dizzy Gillespie and were deeply moved by his love and concern for humanity. Diz would take his band around the world incorporating in that band peoples and rhythms from many nations and cultures. The spirit of Diz lives... and with our music, we hope to keep it alive.

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