Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday Music Muse Day - A John McLaughlin Twin Spin

"Winter is coming".  That's a fitting declaration this week's Sunday Music Muse Day as we had snow flurries hit the area on Friday, and freezing cold yesterday.  Time to pull out so good music to warm the soul.  To that end, I was very lucky to found two CDs by guitarist John McLaughlin I didn't have in my collection.  This musical twin-spin shows two different ends of the music spectrum of John McLaughlin's music.  First up, John McLaughlin Industrial Zen presents the fiery machine gun speed guitar playing most associate with his Mahavishu Orchestra days. All About Jazz reviewer John Kelman states, "... Industrial Zen combines McLaughlin's high-octane playing with the Indian influences that have pervaded much of his career." Kelmen adds, "McLaughlin's Indian-informed melody is layered on top of hypnotic synthesizer programming that, as a fundamental complexion of the entire record, lends credence to its paradoxical title."   Any lover of Mahavishu era McLaughlin will find lots to like in this CD.

The second selection of this twin-spin is John McLaughlin Thieves and Poets.  Again, this is at opposite music spectrum of McLaughlin music, half the CD is a three part suite for guitar and orchestra, something McLaughlin has done several times. This gives this section of the CD an almost classical music feeling.  The last four tune are jazz  standard classics.  Again, John McLaughlin shows his masterful command of the full spectrum of being a Jazz guitarist.  Proving himself to be an artist in the true meaning of the word.  I find myself enjoying this CD more than Industrial Zen.  But, that depends on my mood.

So, "winter is coming", but we have plenty of good music to fill the air aswe settle down to a cozy fireplace fire, and our favorite warm winter drinks, as we look forward to the coming family holidays. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday Music Muse Day John Scofield, Trio Beyond with Jack DeJohnette, Larry Golding, and John Scolfield

This Sunday Music Muse Day turns out to be a perfect autumn, and the first day of Daylight Savings Time. 

I celebrated by starting my day at the Southwedge Record Fair, where always manage to good selection or two.

Plus, I get to run into Derek Lucas of music director of Jazz90.1 our listener/member supported jazz station. It just finished another successful fund drive.  I renewed my membership Saturday, last week, during the Tom Pethic, Artistry in Jazz show.

Back to the music, as I run errands, I played one of the CDs purchased the Record Fair, guitarist John Scofield This Meets That.  I just featured Scofield's last CD, Combo 88, in my last Sunday Muse Day post, but you can never get enough of Sco's music. This Meets That is a solid, fun, outing, with a wicked version of the blues standard, House of the Rising House, it was reminding me of the Americana styling of Bill Frisell.  Later, when checked the liner notes, I discovered Bill Frisell played tremolo guitar on the that track. Scofild employs a group of horn players to compliment his trio (himself on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Bill Steward on drums) in this 2007 release.  Giving the music will party favor. It well worth seeking out.

The secod CD I bought Trio Beyond Saudades also has John Scofield in a trio with Jack Dejohnette on a drums and Larry Goldings on Hammond organ and electric piano.  This is live double CD set dedicated to music of the late Tony Williams, legendary drummer and fusion innovator with his group Tony Williams Lifetime, which he formed after leaving Miles Miles in the 1969 with John McLaughlin on guitar, and Larry Young on organ.  DeJohnette  followed Williams on drums in the Miles Davis group playing on the classic Bitches Brews sessions. Saudades is an interesting record, as it does capture the essence  the raw energy those Lifetime recordings, but I'm not sure it will be everyone cup of tea.  Lifetime's music has a chaotic mix of jazz and Rock bordering on avant-garde. So be prepared for the sonic assault.

I going to enjoy my extra hour of sleep tomorrow morning, and try to forget it will get darker earlier in the evening. On the plus side it won't be pitch black when I'm leaving for work. But as always there is great music to listen to anytime, day or night.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Inktober 2018 Sketches Day 22 to 31

I doing the Inktober challenge. "Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month." You can get the full info at their website: Inktober

Here are my drawing from Day 22 to 31.

 No one seem to get the "Harry Mud" easter egg splatted on the rock.  Bad rendering on my part, I guess.

 This was no-brainer, being I worked on the originalThundercats show.

 End of Inktober, but I'll try to continue drawing by picking up were I left off with my Dime-A-Dozen Projects. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sunday Music Muse Day - John Scofield, Gary Burton.

The week's Sunday Music Muse Day finds me spending time with two favorites who need no introduction.  First is John Scofield Combo 66, his latest release.  First bars of music his playing just hits my soul. I find John playing like watching a tightrope walker, who seems like he's losing control, shaking the wire as he moves, but in the end you realize he's in complete control.  He one of those guitarist with a original sound and style of playing.

Next is vibrophonist Gary Burton New Generations.  With this outing Gary continue his tradition of featuring new phenomenal young guitar player, as he did with Larry Coryell, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. This time it is Julian Lage, who at the time of this recording (2003) was only a high school sophomore and a child prodigy.  Julian Luge has since established himself in the New York  Jazz scene.  This CD comparsion nicely with the early  Gary Burton Quartet recording with Larry Coryell.

So, this end a busy week end for me, and the perfect way wind down is listening to these CDs.

Inktober 2018 Sketches - so far. Day 13 to 21.

I doing the Inktober challenge. "Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month." You can get the full info at their website: Inktober

Here are my drawing from Day 13 to 21.

I have to substitute a  old drawing for Day #13 prompt, "Guard", since I was too busy to do one.

Ten days to go.  Some of the prompts have me thinking of quitting, but I press on.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Music Muse Day - Paul Desmond, Ben Wendel.

This Sunday Music Muse Day finds the weather turning into a pleasant autumn day after a very cool, and rainy morning, yesterday. Today's selection are in the same vain, a contrast in old and new, in terms of jazz saxophonists.  First up is Paul Desmond Feeling Blue, the legendary saxophonist well known for his work with equally legendary pianist Dave Brubeck's groups. The liner notes states Paul Desmond didn't use piano players in his sessions "to avoid comparison with the Brubeck sound he helped to create".  The notes continues: "he preferred the pure sound of the guitar".  That is abundantly evident in the playing of the great Jim Hall on this compilation of sessions recorded in 1961 through 1964.  There are lot a great jazz standards played on this CD that's has fresh sounding as ever.  Prefect listening for a fall afternoon, or any time.

My second choice, is a young saxophonist,, Ben Wendel Frame. He is relatively new to me, but I have a duet,"October" with guitarist Gilad Hekselman, save on my youtube music playlist. It seems it will be included on new release of Wendel titled, The Seasons.  Twelve duet with twelve different musicians.  (I know a FB friend mentioned this CD, but I can't remember who, sorry) I'll keep an eye out for it.  Frame is fine compliment to the Paul Desmond, it's a contemporary feels with solid playing on all original tunes by Wendel, with the except of Dizzy Gillespie tune, "Con Alma", showing respect for jazz roots.

Autumn has arrived, and with falling leaves and crisp afternoon to enjoy a warm drink and cool jazz.  Sounds like a good plan to me.  Enjoy.