A flute made out of a vulture’s wing bone was recently discovered in a cave in Southern Germany. Carbon dating shows that the instrument is 35,000 years ago. The position of the holes on the flute corresponds to the pentatonic scale. This means that the pentatonic scale has been with humans for longer than writing, agriculture and civilization. The mysterious, beautiful and powerful sound of pentatonic scales is found in almost all musical styles, from Oriental, African, folk, blues and Indian classical music.
This provided the inspiration for Misha Gray’s “Prehistoric Jazz Quintet”, which performs a variety of extended compositions, tonal poems and structured improvisations in an attempt to explore how the core of music has resonated deep within humans since the dawn of Man.
“Where the Wild Things Are” is the band’s second album, which features the eerie suite of the same name, as well as the totemistic track ‘Cave of the Forest King’. The album features Misha Gray as composer and pianist, Nick Walters on trumpet, Kyran Matthews on tenor sax, Hugo Harrison on bass and Johnny Hunter on drums.
1. Cave Of The Forest King
2. Ode To The Jungle
3. King Kong
4. Where The Wild Things Are I
5. Where The Wild Things Are II
6. Where The Wild Things Are III
7. Lost Idol