Presence of Joy

Presence of Joy


"It’s great playing with Tisziji because he is right in the middle of the music. Tisziji goes right to the center of the music bringing everybody with him. He seizes the right moment. He won’t play unless it’s right." - Dave Liebman

"Tisziji’s music creates a good feeling. I never really get a chance to play like this. This kind of music is not played very much. It’s great that Tisziji is putting it out there like this. He is giving people a chance to hear music which they seldom get a chance to hear. Check this out." - Rashied Ali

"Playing with Tisziji Muñoz on Presence of Joy was like jumping out of a plane without a parachute, or like flying the trapeze without a net. This music sounds different every time you listen to it." - Don Pate

"Tisziji's music is more directed towards the inner senses and the deepest feelings. His music is unhampered by technical things, you know, chords, time, structure, whatever. This is direct expression. I am always regenerated, refreshed, replenished and inspired by playing his music. I rarely get a chance to play this way. This music energizes me. I rarely get the chance to play with so much freedom." - Bernie Senensky


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Track Listing

1 Happy Sadness (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music - BMI) 10:30

2 Presence of Joy (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music - BMI) 18:55

3 Peace On Earth I (John Coltrane, Jowcol - BMI) 4:30

4 Jewel of Enchantment (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music - BMI) 8:52

5 The Blue Pearl of Tantra (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music - BMI) 16:36

6 Peace on Earth II (John Coltrane, Jowcol - BMI) 12:06


Tisziji Muñoz: Guitar and Bells
Dave Liebman: Tenor/Soprano Sax
Bernie Senensky: Piano
Cecil McBee: Bass
Don Pate: Bass
Rashied Ali: Drums


Produced by Tisziji & Nancy Muñoz
Recorded on July 22, 1999 at Rashied Ali’s Survival Studios in NYC
Recording & Mastering Engineer: Mike Muñoz
Assistant Engineers: Larry Voelker, Nancy and Rebazar Muñoz
Mixing Engineers: Mike and Tisziji Muñoz