Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Music Muse Day- ECM Records Radio,, and John Abercrombie - Timeless

I miss posting a  Sunday Music Muse Day last week because of Mother's Day.  But I'm back.  This week's Sunday Music Muse Day post is a celebration of my enjoying the ECM Records Radio itune channel. A follow member of the Jazz on Jazz FB page shared the link.  ECM Records is one of those rare labels that produces such a great, eclectic selection of music, and musicians, that I'm also willing to pick an ECM record of I'm artist I've never heard of, just because they are on ECM.   I've been listening to the ECM Records Radio this past week, when my normal Jazz station, Jazz 90.1 has other programing on. Today it played several tunes by guitarist John Abercrombie, a favorite musician of mine. Timeless, from the album of the same name, is one of my all time favorite tune. It's the perfect piece to listen to with headphones on, or late at night, for its meditative force to wash over you. Try it, you'll like it. With musical support of Jan Hammer, on Organ, Synth. and Piano, and Jack DeJohnette on drum, this album is the must have for any music lover. Enjoy.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Music Muse Day - Osamu Kitajima

For today’s Sunday Music Muse Day is inspired by Kuni Tomita, friend who plays a shamisen in her Japanese folk music group. The shamisen is a three stringed instrument, like a banjo (maybe). In any case, Kuni’s music reminded me of the musician Osama Kitajima who used traditional Japanese instruments in the rock or modern context. I first listened to him in the 1970’s and 80s. His later work moved into New Age music and sort of lost the the appeal of his earlier works, in my opinion. Here are several of his albums I own. 
Check out the cut from this album, Yesterday and Karma, with vocals by the late, great Minnie Riperton. This one song is worth seeking out this album.
 The Masterless Samurai album has great cover art by artist Louise Scott.  Just a side note, good thing she had the foresight sign her work nice and large since the record company did add her name in the album credits.

 Here's the title tune.

So, thanks for the inspiration, Kuni.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Music Muse Day - The Record Store Day

Here's my Sunday Muse Day post.  I took part in the National Record Store Day activities by visiting two local stores and making some nice buys.  First stop was the Record Archive, where there was a big celebration with live music inside and food trucks outside.  The place was packed and everyone was having fun. I only picked up two albums for a $1 each, only for the covers, and CD of Jeff Beck's Blow by Blow. 
 The Stewart Copeland The Rhythmatist album cover is actually the second cover for record. The first featured masai warriors. Compare them below.

I have to assume the record company felt a photo of Steward was needed on the cover instead of leaping africans.  Go figure.
The Slave Stone Jam album was picked up for Ben Grimm "The Thing" on the cover.

 No, not really, but I thought of the  art of DE ES Schwertberger, Austrian artist and painter, when I saw the latest Fantastic Four Movie images.  His work has been shown in exhibitions in New York City, where he lived for a short time, and Switzerland.  I first saw his painting in Omni Magazine back in 1970s.   I actually visited his studio in NYC for UFO discussion.

My second stop was the HI-Fi Lounge, were Jazz 90.1 DJ, Derrick Lucas​, was spinning some jazz vinyl.  My thanks to Derrick for bringing HI-Fi Lounge to my attention,  It's just a few minutes from my home.  I made most of my Record Store Day purchases there.

 These include CDs by local talents, Bob Sneider​ and  Mike Melito​.  I've heard these guys live and it's nice to have their music in my collection.

 The other buys were Theo Croker - Afro Physicist, young hot trumpet, who will be featured in upcoming Rochester Jazz festival, and a Charlie Hunter Quintet CD, feature Charlie on his unique sounding 8 string guitar.

 All in all, a great music day. Enjoy.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Music Muse Day - Miles Davis helps cure my ills.

This Sunday Music Muse finds me nursing a cold.  It started Friday but I still went to work.  But as I was cleaning music CDs at my library Tech aide job, I came across the Mile Davis Cellar Door CD set.  I haven't heard it before so I'll be taking out after repairing the disc.
So, Saturday morning my cold is hitting me pretty hard.  To help ease my pain I played Miles Davis In a Silent Way complete session.  The made me feel better.
For extra health booster I popped in Miles Davis Sorcerer CD.
Still not 100%, but good music helps a lot.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Music Muse Day - Pat Metheny - The Orchestrion Project, Stanley Clark and Bobby McFerrin - Medicine Music

Here's this week's Sunday Muse Day selections, purchased at my local record shop, Record Archives.  First up is Pat Metheny The Orchestrion Project.  I first came across this as a DVD of the film Pat made of his performing solo with this vast array of mechanical instruments.  It reminded me those Animusic videos, but much more enjoyable.  Pat Metheny's musicial journey continues to amaze me.  Check out the youtube video below, you won't be disappointed. 

My second purchase was, in some ways to correct a buying mistake I made on my last trip to record shop.  I passed on buying the Stanley Clarke CD and regretted it.  Happily it was still there.  This is Stanley Clarke's first solo effort, while he was still with Return to Forever.  I forgot it featured Jan Hammer, on keyboards, and Tony Williams, on drums.  Bill Connors, was the first Return to Forever guitarist. (I featured him in my last week's post).  This is a favorite Fusion Album of mine, but I can't hear the tune Lopsy Lu without thinking of Jimi Hendrix' Third Stone from the Sun.  I have several of Stanley Clarke solo albums in my collection, I'll have to pull them out again for a listen.
My third purchase was Bobby McFerrin's Medicine Music CD.  My wife had this on cassette and I remember blasting it in the minivan driving from the airport years ago.  It's great music to greet  a Sunday with it's sense of warm and humanity.  A true favorite, in a category  by itself.   There are so many good cuts on this CD, you just have enjoy them all.  Enjoy

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Music Muse Day - Bill Conners and Meltdown Birth of Fusion

This week's Sunday Music Muse Day selections are rooted in the Jazz Fusion of the 1970s.  First up, guitarist  Bill Conners' Theme of the Gaurdian, which I own on vinyl LP and CD.

 Bill was the original guitarist for Chick Corea's Return to Forever, but Bill left after the first album and tour.  The picture of him on the back cover was probably from a RTF concert.  After leaving RTF, Bill Conners switched to acoustic guitar and released several solo efforts.  This being the first.  In the mid-80s Bill returned to the electric guitar with three CD's using a power trio, guitar, bass, drum, format.

Next up, today , is Meltdown - the Birth of Fusion, a nice sampling of well known 70's Jazz Fusion classics.

Truly  a good way to spend the afternoon.  Enjoy.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday Music Muse Day - Jazz Club, Jazz lounge

This week's Music Muse Day celebrates the places we like to hear Jazz.  Well, at least in the title of these Jazz compilation CD at played today, Jazz-Club Guitar and Jazz Lounge 2.
 Jazz Club Guitar features a nice collection of guitar base groups from 1945 to 1979.  Just check out the song list.
 Nothing sounds or feels better than listening to jazz in a club setting where you're up close and personal with the players.   Whether it's top-flight talents or local up and coming musicians shsaring intimacy of the a jazz club to a treasured experience.
 Jazz Lounge 2 is more eclectic collection  "representative of ongoing fusion of Jazz and Electronics".   It's a nice entry point for Alternative Music crowd.
The Jazz lounge generates a different vibe.  I imagine it as a place where a piano trio might have a standing nightly or weekly gig that draws a regular crowd of local friends and patrons who see the jazz lounge as a second home.  Again, an experience a Jazz lover should have at sometime in their life.  Find that local Jazz club or lounge  and settle in for music and make new friends.  Enjoy.