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Once again, Paul Shaffer and I joined hearts to play Heart-Fire Sound for the public and to create jazz and guitar history. This time it was at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City. We showed up and kept it sweet, deep, and ecstatically beyond the mind. Paul Shaffer stepped up and into the Fire and chose to keep his playing Heart-real. Thank you, Paul, for your lifelong friendship and precious, ongoing contribution to this music. This was a great, amazing, and humorously timeless date. My deepest thanks go to Paul Shaffer (Shabd-Bodhi) on piano, Ra-Kalam on drums, and to Don Pate (Yaka) and John Lockwood (Chait-Moksha) on basses. I thank these great and bold players for their extraordinary support on this Burn-Gone date. —Tisziji Muñoz
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CD 1

  1. Intro
  2. Spirit Path
  3. Goodbye Dear Sweet Mother I
  4. Fatherhood
  5. Motherhood
  6. No Self, No Thought, No Mind

CD 2

  1. Goodbye Dear Sweet Mother II
  2. Only If You Love
  3. Impermanence
  4. Gratitude
  5. It’s Done

Tisziji Muñoz: Electric Guitar
Paul Shaffer: Piano
Don Pate (Yaka): Acoustic Bass
John Lockwood (Chait-Moksha): Acoustic Bass
Ra-Kalam Bob Moses: Drums

Producers: Tisziji Muñoz and Nancy Muñoz
Recorded on February 7, 2011 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC
Recording Engineer: Jeff Jones, The Jedi Master
Mixing Engineer: Mike Muñoz, Anami Music Inc.
Mastering Engineer: Chris Andersen, Nevessa Productions


Downtown Music Gallery

May 2014 by Bruce Lee Gallanter

“Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center is a lovely room with a fine view of Central Park behind the band. I have only been there a few times since it is a bit expensive and rarely has the type of jazz I really enjoy (ie: too mainstream). My friend and inspiration, Tisziji Muñoz, invited me to check out his band a few years ago and I was delighted to hear some spiritual jazz in a room that rarely has that type of music. Longtime keyboard player for the David Letterman Show, Paul Shaffer, was the one who helped get the gig, so special thanks to him for that opportunity. Although the music here is a bit more restrained than the usual Muñoz fireworks, it is still spirit jazz with that special Coltrane influence. Most or all of the songs were written by Tisziji and it shows how much of a gifted songwriter he is: beautiful, heartfelt melodies most of the time. Mr. Shaffer, who rarely gets recognition as a great keyboard player, plays exclusively piano here and is the perfect choice for this music. Shaffer’s playing is superb throughout, obviously inspired by Muñoz’ delectable melodies and occasionally restrained yet still cosmic guitar playing. The rhythm team here of Don Pate (Munoz’ regular bassist), John Lockwood (bassist for the Fringe & Joe Maneri) and drummer Ra-kalam Moses (a world-class musician & teacher), are also superb throughout both sets, spinning a fine web of rhythms, pulses and incredible interaction underneath. If you haven’t heard the amazing Tisziji Muñoz yet, this would be a perfect place to start.”