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“Elephants” (full title: “Elephants stampeding out of a rainforest into a sea of grass, before your very eyes”) is a song written by the group Stick Against Stone in 1981. I first heard it, -really heard it- in about 2005, on a cassette copy of a live show (probably 3rd or 4th generation) from November 1981. An artifact that represented an echo of an echo of a brief window in time.

As the arresting melody, harmonizing horn arrangements and syncopated rhythms sank in my ears and heart – I knew that I wanted to hear this song performed live. What you see here, from a recording studio in New York in the summer of 2009 – is a small step in an iterative process to re-animate one of many great tunes from a nearly forgotten songbook. Our hope is to release these re-recorded songs as a tribute album and companion to the “Get It All Out” documentary.

Recorded at Axis Sound – Hell’s Kitchen, New York City Engineer – Steve Rossiter
Bob Wenzel - baritone and alto Sax (Bob was one of the members of the first version of Stick Against Stone, and has been playing horn since the ’60s)
Tony Mason – drums
Ben Rubin – bass
Michael Blake – tenor and soprano sax
Yusuke Yamamoto – percussion

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Friday (yesterday) we spent working in FinalCut on the promotional trailer for the documentary, over at Chris’ place in Brooklyn. The intro is the most important part of the clip, and when you want to tell your story in about 3 to 4 minutes, the beginning sequence of images and music have to be right.  We made some good strides, and hope to have something to show here on the website next week.

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