Michael McClure & Ray Manzarek – The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco

McClure & Manzarek’s third CD

Listen to tracks / buy at Amazon:
Piano Poems: Live in San Francisco

A collaboration between Ray Manzarek and Michael McClure, this live performance, recorded at an old San Francisco church, features both new and older poems, with McClure’s words and Manzarek’s jazz piano, accompanied by Larry Kassin on flute.

On a cold, foggy night in San Francisco after a great Japanese meal, Manzarek and I stepped onto the stage and there were sparks of consciousness – the stage was on fire with poems and piano Improvisations. The symbiosis and the synergy made lights. Then Larry Kassin stepped up to join us with his jazz flute and Lou Judson was recording.

This is a live album with its heart still beating – no tricks, gimmicks, or second takes. We are bringing together my poetry and Ray’s improvisations that shape my word-sounds into richer meanings: Piano Poems.

There’s no way to be without a politics or an antipolitics, no way to be without art, without anger and generosity, without laughter and kindness.

That’s the edge we’re whetting on this album.

— Michael McClure

Piano Poems: Live in San Francisco is available both as a CD and as an MP3 download.

Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco (CD) – at Oglio Records

The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco – (CD / MP3 / preview tracks) – Amazon

Piano Poems: Live from San Francisco (MP3 / preview tracks) on iTunes

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About Denise Enck

Denise is a writer and editor of Empty Mirror. She has edited several literary magazines and her work has been published online and in print since the 1980s.


  1. I’m anticipating the synergy and symbiosis will spark MY consciousness!

  2. I dug Ray Manzarek organ playing with the Doors and I’m wondering what Michael McClure’s poetry is like.

What do you think?