Although I never had the chops to take my own trumpet playing beyond an elementary level, listening to and learning about great music has always been an important part of my life. This is one reason why I am particularly touched that Noel McGhie has agreed to grace my website with his playing and some of his own compositions to set the perfect tone for the presentation of my work. His drumming helps keep me in time, on time and all about the time, which is especially important since finding one’s rhythm is an essential part of surviving in the world of academia.
* All views expressed on this website belong only to Steven J. Barela, and should not be attributed to the musicians.
Portrait de Noël McGhie par Bernard Rancillac, 1973
(C) Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais
Acrylic painting on canvas, 130 x 195 cm
Based on a photograph by Philippe Gras taken in Paris
during the studio recording of the album Steve Lacy – The Gap
Blue Suite (1998)
Track 1 – Les Amis d’Afrique
Space Spies (1975)
Track 2 – Trapeze
Track 3 – Forgone Desillusion
Track 4 – Mademoiselle Tulloch
Track 5 – Non à la Profitation