John Alkins tribute page
The recent news of the murder of my musical friend John Alkins came as a total shock to me, and I’m sure many of those who knew John (for as long) as I did feel the same way! I had been “away” from him for quite a few years, mostly due to movements with the U.S. Army, but for other reasons, too. What I never forgot, and never will, is the beautiful talent he had for “seeing” music that others didn’t even know was there. I first met John in a (now sadly) defunct Coffee House called the Gnu Deli (in Olympia), way back in 1980 or so. He (& many others in that environment) encouraged me to perform spoken-word, and eventually to play keyboards live, too. I was never “photo-oriented”, so I don’t have many pictures of him (if anyone DOES have pictures they’d like posted on this tribute page, please send them to me as a .jpg attachment and I’ll make sure they get posted; please use my email@example.com email address).. what I do have are several recordings that he and I performed on together, as well as several of his solo efforts. That’s what you’ll find here on this page… on the other hand, if you think he should be remembered in other ways, just send me what you have, or send me links to pages that have things about John that you believe are significant. So, without further ado, here are a few of the projects/recordings that John and I were involved in together.
I was on a cruise through Olympia on my way back to Korea after a whirlwind tour of the U.S. while on a two-week vacation with my wife. We set things up so my old playing pals Harlan Mark Vale, John Alkins & a whole host of others from the local Olympia scene would be available for jamminâ down & out. This is one of the gutsiest jazz jam sessions youâll ever hear. Much fun for all (including you, the listener, of course)! Here are 3 of the songs from that session, titled “Rogue Sea Merchants”:
This trio (John Alkins, Harlan Mark Vale and Dick Metcalf) has been playing experimental music since the early 1980â²s. On this outing, they were (about) 50 yards away from the edge of the Puget Sound, listening to (and watching) the waves roll in on a beautiful sunset evening. This music will soothe and excite you (at the same time).
The Mad Metcalf Ensemble was formed as an offshoot of the Trillium grouping that included Mark Vale, John Alkins, Dick Metcalf & Bob Cerelli. This group did some HIGH-end art performances, & a few of these tunes, from the CD Resurrection Reservations Only are captured here for you to listen to.
I will just put these three up for today, but will be digging through the archives and will put up several others, as well as several of John’s solo pieces (that he had me doing distribution for). Again – if you have material you think belongs here, just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know.
Here is a CD that features John doing solo piano – there is no question but what that is where he truly SHONE as a player – the CD is titled CONTINUUM:
Please share this beautiful work with others who want to know about the best parts of John Alkins!!!