University of Arizona Soundings

Espresso Art Expulsion

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Glenn Weyant



I've begun a collection of recordings featuring improvisations on public Tucson pianos.

This second one is from Espresso Art Cafe.

The cafe environment has a faux hip vibe with high prices and burnt tasting coffee (The man in bowler hat wearing a scuba diving mask pretty much says it all).

However they have a piano!

Naturally, I stopped by and opened with a little Terry Riley, Thelonious Monk, Cecil Taylor, Borah Bergman in a blender kind of improvisation thing.

You know, to test the limits of the guy in a bowler hat hipness vibe.

And as expected, the manager quickly and politely showed up.

Now is that a real poncho or a Sear's poncho...