Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Music Muse Day - Esperanza Spalding, Al DiMeola, Bill Evans, and Bad Plus.

Another Sunday Music Muse Day has arrived.  This week's selections finds a nice mix of old favorites and some catching to the buzz, sort to speak  That is the case with finally picking up Esperanza Spalding - Chamber Music Society, a Grammy winning CD by a Grammy winning artist (but to be honest, I rarely pay attention to the Grammy Awards, since so much of my favorite music never would make the list).  She definitely a amazing musician and earns, and deserves, all the praise and accolades she gets. Plus, the fact that her beating out Justin Bieber for 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist is just icing on the cake.

Next up is a old favorite fusion guitarist, Al DiMeola.   Flesh on Flesh continues Al's jazz fusion exploration of Mediterranean, Latin and Middle Eastern music.  I admit, in contrast to the taste pictures of Esperanza Spadling's on her CD, the reclining nude on Al's CD cover seems a little embarrassing.  Just enjoy the CD for the music.

There is nothing embarrassing about the next selection, the great pianist Bill Evans, the Everybody Digs Bill Evans CD.  Although the liner notes on the back of CD says Bill Evans was embarrassed by the four endorsement on the cover by Miles Davis, George Shearing, Ahmad Jamal and Julian Cannonball Adderley, only goes to show how humble he was.  No jazz lover's collection complete with lots of Bill Evans' music. I'm so happy to add stunning this trio set, featuring Sam Jones on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums, to the others I have.

My last selection is The Bad Plus - Give.  This interesting jazz trio makes music that keep the listener on their toes combining elements of modern avant-garde jazz with rock and pop influences.  For example, they cover Ozzy Osbourne's Black Sabbath tune "Iron man".  Check it out below.  I was first introduced to their music on my local jazz station, Jazz 90.1.  I find their music adventurous and complex, and the more you listen, the more levels of enjoyment you discover.  I've pick up some of their tunes in itunes, before, so it's nice to pick up full CD.

Thanks for dropping by.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Thundercats Tuesday - TC # 120 - 123

Here's this week's Thundercats Tuesday enter features four stand alone episodes.  The production numbers for the shows are TC #120, 121,122, and 123.  These shows were light on new character designs, and other designs, too.  Sometimes it is good to conserve you production budget by re-using characters, props, and backgrounds.  This is easier to do with shows, like Thundercats,  that have a deep stock of established characters and backgrounds.

First up, TC #120 - "Malcar".

 Those were tablet that were to be in the tomb of Malcar showing other wizards, but they didn't make it into the episode.  The "punny" names were my idea.

 TC #121  - "Helpless Laughter"

 These are the Evil Lily pads from TC # 117 - "Frogman"

TC # 122 - "Cracker's Revenge".
 Here's Capt. Bragg and Crownan.

 Capt.Cracker from the first season.
 Mandora, form the first season, also.
 Here's are-use of the Bragg's circus train.
 Even the Luna-Taks are in this episode.

Not sure this made it into the show.
 TC #122 - "The Mossland Monster".

 Here's a Stone cat  Giant from TC #111 - Return to Thundera Part 1

Like I said, these episodes featured lot of established characters.  Let me know in a comment,  who are your favorite support characters in the Thundercat's series, other than the main Thundercats.  Mandora is one of my favorites.  Thanks for dropping by.  Enjoy.