First, to tie up a loose end from last week, I picked up Clark Terry's Portraits CD, with Don Friedman on piano, Victor Gaskin on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums. A fun set of Clark's excellent trumpet and flugelhorn playing, and his mumbles vocals. A true titan of Jazz, Clark Terry is sorely missed, but never forgotten.
My next selection has me scratching my head a little. The John Scofield Band - Up All Night CD. From the song list credits you can see this was a group writing affair and in my opinion the mostly of the tunes written my Scofield hold up the best. Overall, I don't feel John's playing stands out, and this is coming from a fan of his from the 1970's. I'll give it a more listens and see if it grows on me. But, as of now, it doesn't rank with his best.
I plan to enjoy this CD and search out more of his work. Actually, I saw him list as a sideman on CD a decided not to buy, I'll have to pick it up if it's still at the music shop.
Finally here another selection the I would play when in a introspective mood, Tord Gustavsen Trio - Being There. Being a admitted guitar-centric music guy, this piano, bass, drum trio, helps me break out of that music listening box I can fall into. Again, the ECM record production by Manfred Eicher is excellent and always draws you in. In fact, I have three Tord Gustavsen CDs and I picked up the first just because is was a ECM release.