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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Acknowledgement: Austin Peralta

Pat Ngoho: R.I.P. Austin Peralta
Pat Ngoho homage to Austin Peralta
Acknowledgement Part I
- Recognition of another's existence, validity, authority, or right.
- An expression of thanks or a token of appreciation.

Acknowledgement Part II
Acknowledgement" was the first track on "A Love Supreme", a jazz studio album recorded by John Coltrane's classic quartet in December 1964. It is considered to be among Coltrane's greatest works, as it melded the hard bop sensibilities of his early career with the free jazz style he adopted later. Acknowledgement is intended to be a spiritual album, broadly representative of a personal struggle for purity, and expresses Coltrane's deep gratitude as he admits to his talent and instrument as being owned not by him but by a spiritual higher power.

Matt Smith sent me an email this morning with a link to that Pat Ngoho video on You-Tube saying that the video is a homage to Austin Peralta’s music. But when I started the video, I tough it was
R.I.P Austin Peralta
Miles Davis, or maybe John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk or even Bill Evans’ music… It took me some time to understand that it was actually Austin Peralta’s music.

I did not know about Austin Peralta until it made the news on Facebook and I did not do any research on him because... Life goes so fast that you never take the time to do things right… And that’s so tragic… So, I did not know about Austin, but eventually knowledge is based on acknowledgement.

After I acknowledged the video, I felt deeply saddened, because I never took the time to listen to Austin’s music before and because he is not here anymore. That is a true tragedy.

So, Pat Ngoho likes that music too? I am secondly blown away because I skate often with Pat at Culver City and we never talked about music… I should have known… After all, Pat is not only a skater, he is also an artist. And artists are touched by the purity of others.

Once asked what does he feel when he plays jazz, Austin Peralta said that he feels “the same thing when I’m surfing or making love—it’s just beauty. It’s all the same thing. It’s not a specific feeling, just one of warmth and happiness and love.”
Who ever said that jazz and skateboarding don’t mix?

Thanks Matt for that beautiful B&W video. Acknowledged…

R.I.P Austin Peralta

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