Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Rich Thompson

This Sunday Music Muse Day, as we're recovering from our first heavy snowfall and extreme cold weather, I was happy to find this gem in my brief CD shopping trip.  Definitely a case of quality over quantity,  Rich Thompson Eventually.  This was Rich first album recorded in 1988.  This CD has two cut not on the original vinyl release.Rich is one talent local musicians and music educators I've had the pleasure being friends with.  I'm having fun exploring this debut outing and comparing to his many follow ups.  This made my day brighter.

I'll be keeping my eye out for Rich's next local gig.  I'm aways interested it attend his live performances.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Bill Frisell, Keith Jarrett.

This Sunday Music Muse Day finds us heading into November and that downward slide to the holiday season.  Way too soon for Christmas music, so lets enjoy two well known musicians.  First up is a new release by Bill Frisell Harmony, his first release on Blue Note Record, the classic jazz label.  Its getting 4 star reviews from critics, but I have to admit, I won't be a favorite of mine.  The vocals just don't do much for me, I find them, well...annoying.  Frisell's eclectic Americana music styling is still a favorite of mine, and in full evidence, so it is still worth a listen.   I love to hear your opinion of it.

Next is a old release of Keith Jarrett Concerts, a solo outing on ECM from 1982.  Again, I'm not big Keith Jarrett fan, and prefer his trio and standards recording.  So, again, it maybe my short comings, not the musicians, or the music.  I'm throw this on as background music for dinner, or quiet evening home.  There no harm in that.

With the end of Day light Saving time the night come sooner and the weather turns colder.  Let keep our hearts warm with some good music.  Enjoy.

Inktober #20 to 31

Here's the rest of my Inktober drawings.

Here's nod to the Thundercats, which I worked on.  The treadmill was designed an episode.

Inktober #22 - "Ghost" This is a tribute to the Ghost Dog: The Way of the SamuraI. A film by Jim Jarmusch starring Forest Whitaker. I thought it could work as a Cyber-Noir update.

Here's a weak pun "Coat" of arms.

 Another nod to a show I worked on "BAD DOG",

I can't say I was super inspired by the prompts this year, but a did do a drawing for all, except "dragon" which I used a draw from Inktober 2018.  I promised myself to try drawing larger pieces and spending more time on each.  i still look forward to doing it again next year.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Anthony Willson, Patrica Barber

This Sunday Music Muse Day finds us enjoying a set of perfect fall weather days, slightly cool in the shade, warm in the sun.  When not outside enjoying the weather, I'm inside enjoying these two selections, slightly the beaten path for me.  First up is Anthony Wilson self-title debut album  Anthony Wilson (1997) — featured a nine-piece “little big band” and received a Grammy nomination for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Recording. He is son of legendary jazz trumpeter and bandleader Gerald Wilson and it's obvious talent doesn't fall far from the family tree. This is a fully realize effort and worth checking out. (One odd note: It did play correctly on my old 1980's CD player, sound scratchy. But it play fine in my Playstation 3, it could have a manufacturing defect, but I'm blaming my old CD player)

My next selection id Patrica Barber Nightclub, which again, I not usually into vocal jazz as much as guitar-centric instrumental, but I like her laid back smokey jazz club style. She can be slightly pretentious, and cerebral in seductive way. This is exclusively a eclectic selection of jazz standards and movie themes. The several of her sideman caught by eye including Charlie Hunter on 8-string guitar, Marc Johnson on bass (made Bass Desires with John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Peter Erskine), and Adam Nussbaum on drums (noted sideman with John Scofield, and the late John Abercrombie groups) When I'm in the mood Patrica Barber can satisfy my desire for some off beat jazz vocal music. Also, worth a listen.

I hope our nice fall weather continues, but if not there are always good to enjoy.

Inktober 2019 #13- #19

Here's the next batch of Inktober 2019

I'm actually one day behind.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Tom Rizzio, Grant Green

This Sunday Music Muse Day finds me enjoying a beautiful picture perfect fall day. I must admit I was not inclined to anything but relax and enjoy it with a heavy amount of laziness.  To aid in my desire, I picked Tom Rizzo Day and Night.  Guitarist Rizzo is totally new to me, I picked up this CD on blind faith, him being a guitarist and my being familiar with some of the tunes, like Infant Eyes by Wayne Shorter.  Checking online after listening to it, I discovered Rizzo was a west coast musician, but with a solid Rochester connection. A radio profile states: "Rizzo’s passion for the guitar led him to teach as well as to perform with many of the jazz greats who were faculty members of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Then at age 25, he hit the road with the Maynard Fergusson Big Band. That gig lead to a 10-year dream job as one of the youngest members of "The Tonight Show" Orchestra with Doc Severenson"  I'm wondering if my musician friends who are Eastman instructors have crossed path with him.  This is a pleasant sounding session with solid playing.  I good find by any measure.

By second selection, find me rediscovering a jazz guitar legend, Grant Green First Session.  As the title notes this is a CD release of Green's first recording session on November 16, 1960. but the producer Alfred Lion shelved this session, and recorded Grant in January 1961, and released First Stand as his official debut album.  It hard to imagine what the producer found lacking in this.

All in all, a fine fall day.  Hope you got to enjoy it, too

Inktober #4 -12

Here are my Inktober drawing # 4 to 3

I don't feel I'm knocking it out of the park with any of them, but I'll keep at it.