This week's Sunday Music Muse Day features three interesting CDs, a pleasant surprise, mild disappointment, and an exciting find.
The pleasant surprise was the Verve Records re-issue CD, Stan meets Chet, as in Stan Getz, and Chet Baker. Both men legendary jazz figures on their respective instruments, Stan Getz on the tenor saxophone, and Chet Baker on the trumpet. I couldn't pass up this CD as the liner notes states the LP of their meeting was long out-of-print. I admit I've been late in getting to know the music of both more closely. So this CD will help in making up for that.
My mild disappointment is by Chick Corea, The Vigil, a CD some critic said was his best since the hay day of Return to Forever. I had seen this CD several times and debated buying it, but after listening to the Return to Forever Anthology, which included the full Romantic Warrior album cuts, this past week. I relented. Well, let's just say there are echoes of the best RTF tunes in the CD, but unfortunately the bad excesses of the later RTF albums, like Musicmagic, are present, most annoying is the vocals of Gayle Moran Corea (a nice enough singer) singing Chick horrible lyrics. I posted them so you can judge for yourself. Even just as poetry, the lyrics just don't work. I can console myself with the cover art, at least, Chick in a shiny suit of armor. I think Chick has "thing" for that image. Romantic Warrior has a knight in armor on it.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
To celebrate the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address, November 19,1863, here's a video I did of an old illustration book of the address artist James Daugherty, published in 1947. I saved this book from the trash at my kids elementary school in Glendale. I had a better video with music and narration on youtube, but it got flagged for copyright issues. So, here it is with a just original scratch track and no narration. The tune titled 'Farewell" a rough sound sketch, very unpolished composed back in the 1980s. Enjoy it for the artwork, it's great.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
I missed posting again last week, because of busy family weekend. Even though I pickup these CD last week I haven't had a chance to listen to them, so, maybe it was all for the best. So this week's Sunday Music Muse selection include some old favorites, and some favorite musicians in different settings. First up is the group Oregon Northwest Passage CD, featuring a favorite guitarist Ralph Towner. Seven of the fourteen tracks are written or co-written by Towner and some are on another Towner solo releases. It's nice to compare the different versions.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Missed posting last week, sorry. This week's Sunday Music Muse Day selections are purchases from a book sale at Brighton Memorial Library, held by the Friends of BML, who advocate and support many activities a the library. It's fun to find old treasures, or take a chance on new, unknown CDs. At $1 a pop, how I go wrong. First up, a Duke Ellington CD, Ellington Live at the 1957 Stratford Festival. Bought for the usually reason, it's Duke, and my father plays on the CD. I like listen to Dukes live recording for his banter to the audience between tunes. His charm is just heartwarming.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
For this week's Sunday Music Muse Day, I present one new CD purchase, and several vinyl selections from my record collection. The CD is Gary Burton, Like Mind. Joining the legendary vibraphonist is Chick Corea, on piano, Pat Metheny, on guitar, Roy Haynes, on drums, and Dave Holland, on bass. This 1998 session, won a 1999 Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group. That should have a no-brainer the selection committee considering the musicians on this CD. Gary Burton's liner notes are very interesting as he relates how the various members, met and criss-crossed each others career. The most surprising note, for me, was that this session was the first time Chick Corea and Pat Metheny played together. The other item of note was how highly Burton regarded the writing skills for Corea and Metheny. He wrote, "Chick and Pat are two of the most enduring and prolific jazz composers around." The resulting CD bears this out.