Sunday, September 15, 2019

Windham Hill Records, Ron Affif Trio,

On this cloudy, and rainy, Sunday Music Muse Day, I'm feeling like I have a hangover, but it's just my being dragged out from a 7 hour drive after watching my son's away football game.  So, I'm spending the day with some softer tunes.  First up is the Windham Hill Record Guitar Sampler of acoustic guitarists.  I can't say I know any of the players.  I have past Windham  Hill produced music by guitarists Michael Hedges, William Ackerman, and Tuck Address (of the Tuck and Patti duo).  All considered part the New Age Music, sort of a bridge of instrumental music between acoustic Rock and Folk.  This sampler is a pleasant collection, but none of the players really stand out to me.  Still fitting for a laid back day.

My second selection is a more straight ahead jazz guitar music offering by Ron Affif Trio 52nd Street. This is the second CD I've found of this guitarist and he presents a solid mix of well known jazz compositions and one original, excellently played.  This was recored in 1995, but if he came to town I'd take a chance on listening live.

Still feeling mellow, so it maybe a early bedtime tonight.  Echoes of good tune will be a prefect lullaby. 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Vijay Iyer, Astor Piazzolla

With cool feel of fall in the air, this Sunday Music Muse Day has me sampling more eclectic offings.  First up, Vijay Iyer Tragicomic.  This young innovative jazz pianist is consider a genus on many levels by noted jazz critics.  His music can be challenging to listen to with his exploration of odd meters and complex harmonic concepts.  My wife enjoys most of my musical selections, and tolerates others, but a few get a "I'm not feeling this" as this CD did.  I'm leaning in agreement with her, but I'll keep giving it more listenings.

Next in my eclectic exploration is Astor Piazzolla Tango Zero Hour. I love the sound of the bandoneon, but I readily admit I have only a passing understanding tango music, and that's mainly from artists like Chick Corea and Al DiMeola who incorporate it in their music throughout their careers.  Before that, mostly old movies, often for comic effect.  Tango creates images of Old World charm that's as romantic as it's reputation.  This CD is well worth visiting. (The silver foil cover was impossible to scan)

Fall is in the air, not to rush it, but can winter be far behind.  Leaves are start to fall, so I suggest gathering musical chestnuts for the coming seasons.  Enjoy.

Dime-A-Dozen Project #12 - Nova Corp

Dime-A-Dozen Projects is so named from a conversation with creative friends of mine as we lamented that when we were working full-time for someone else, we get these (in our minds) original million dollar ideas, that would, somehow, turn into "dime-a-dozen" ideas when we were out of work and on our own. I have ton's of unfinished projects in the form of character sketches, incomplete written outlines, half drawn comic pages, and full illustrations. You get the idea, a dime-a-dozen idea. I'm feeling the need to catalog for my own sanity and for a simple record to leave my kids, and as I said above, along the way rekindle my creative juice and start drawing again.

Nova Corps was a Military Sci-Fi project started as my take on the Galaxy Rangers animation series, which I worked on. But after working up a 19 page outline and several concept sketches, seem like I was just retreading the same tire material, so I shelved it. In the end I still got some good sketches out of it.
Here's are the sketches.

Now, on the next Tailgunner Jones.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Jack DeJohnette, Chet Baker Sextet

On this cool, pleasant Sunday Music Muse Day there; nothing to do but take care of routine chores. like grocery shopping at Wegmans, having a light lunch, then settling in with some good afternoon music.  First up is Jack Dejohnette Selected Recording, this ECM release is part of a series of 20 Selected Recordings CDs by artists associatedwith the well known and respected label. All the music on each is selected by the artist from their ECM recordings., as a leader, or sideman.  One CD worth of music is just the tip of the iceberg of the great music Dejohnette, and the other artists,  have recorded for ECM.  Luckily, I already won a lot of it, as he is one of my favorite modern drummers.

Next, is Chet Baker Sextet Chet is Back, a reissue of album recored and released in 1962.  This CD release on  Bluebird - First Edition series includes four tracks by the legendary trumpet player previously unreleased in the U.S.  As the liner notes state: "Chet Baker's tragic story of fame and addiction continues to imbue his recordings with a melancholy mythic quality. These recordings come from one of the  high points of his career, a year spent Italy in 1962."  This include work with Ennio Morricone, legendary film composer.  Well worth a listen.

There  is a touch fall in the air, just enough to compliment the listening of cool jazz with feeling guilty for being indoors.  Enjoy.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Gerry Gibbs, Snarky Puppy.

This Sunday Music Muse Day find our area experiencing varying weather from quick moving thunderstorms under severe storm warning to period period bright sunshines.  I'll be enjoying these CDs during it all.  First up is Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio We're Back.  It's a concept album of Jazz Interpretations of his favorite R&B tunes from the 60's and 70's, including several by Steve Wonder, and Earth, Wind, and Fire.  I can't say I'm totally into this but it's an enjoyable casual listen.  It may lean too far toward smooth jazz for my taste.

Next is Snarky Puppy Immigrance, a solid outing from this musicians collective the blurs the boundaries of jazz and Alternative Rock.  There are always some interesting musical ideas in their music.  Worth checking out.

Rain or shine, listening to good music is the way to go.  Enjoy.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Robot Sunday (almost)

Robot Sunday...almost. These were companion pieces to last Robot Sunday sketch ( a better scan) I did while on vacation.  Previews of a coming Dime-A-Dozen project post.

 The last is still WIP (work in progress)  Enjoy.