“There was never any time -when I AM was not; he was not created by anyone, and before anything else had been created by him he existed alone through endless ages of ages, for which reason he was also known by the name Ancient of Days. In appearance, he was pure light — not, however, the created light of the sun, moon, and stars — but Shekinah, the Light of Glory.” – Alan Watts, “Myth and Ritual in Christianity” *
* (“Myth portrays or divines that which we cannot comprehend because it is what we are. Hence God is I AM, or Ens — pure Being” – Alan Watts
“Jesus said: I am the Light that is above them all, I am the All, and the All came from me and the All attained to me. Cleave a piece of wood and I am there; lift up the stone and you will find me there.” – The Gospel According to Thomas
HENRY KUNTZ: Tenor Saxophone, Bamboo Flute, Bells | JOHN KUNTZ: Troubador (Diatonic) Harp (Side B, 1-6, 9) | JOHN GRUNTFEST: Alto Saxophone (Side A, 4) | CHARLES NOYES: Drums, Musical Saw, Various Percussion Instruments ( Side B, 7, 8 )
SIDE A: 1. Solo Flute 2. Solo Saxophone 3. Solo Saxophone (Near the end of this piece, a train can be heard in the distance) 4. Saxophone Duet (Alto left channel, Tenor right channel)
SIDE B: 1. Harp and Bells (The bells are six small Indian bells, three held in each hand) 2. Harp and Flute 3. Harp and Saxophone 4. Harp and Saxophone 5. Harp and Saxophone 6. Harp and Saxophone 7. Saxophone and Percussion 8. Saxophone and Percussion 9. Harp and Bells
Side A, 1-3 and Side B, 2-6, 9 recorded live at Woody Woodman’s Finger Palace, Berkeley Sunday evening June 29, 1980; Side A, 4 recorded live at Woody Woodman’s Finger Palace Saturday evening March 8, 1980, both recordings by Greg Goodman. Side B, 1 recorded Tuesday evening May 27, 1980 at “The Lab”, San Francisco by Chris Jefferies. Side B, 7, 8 recorded Saturday noontime August 2, 1980 by Henry Kaiser at his home in Oakland.
All pieces are freely improvised, complete and unedited, with the exception of Side B, 6 where a short section with bells was not included.
Record production by Henry Kuntz and Chris Jefferies. Master tape prepared by Chris Jefferies at “The Lab”, San Francisco. Mastering by Location Recording Service, Burbank. Pressing by Record Technology, Camarillo. Album cover designed and silk-screened by Jerry Pierson.
This is a limited edition pressing of 300 copies.