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Speedway

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    Speedway is the busy alleyway that goes from Ballona Creek on the south to Navy street on the north just before Ocean Park...this whole neighborhood was the site of Pacific Ocean Park which any old military guy will tell you about when they were on leave from the service, from WWII to Vietnam...doing their R&r up from Pendleton and other bases. I wanted the action of this alley to be represented by a Brazilian Condomble (actually from the Yoruba of Ghana) which is a kind of precursor of the back beat in modern music. When you drive or ride bikes or walk down this Speedway alley you'll get the flavor of Venice in all its parts, some seemly, some gentle, some sad but always ALIVE...and so the solos keep finding new life over the throbbing rhythm track of the piano and the percussion.

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from Piano In Venice, released September 1, 2008

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