Welcome to this week's Sunday Music Muse Day. This week's selection features some old favorites, mostly guitarists, as I admit I'm a guitar-centric music lover. First up, Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman, Song X 25th Anniversary CD. Ornette's music is challenging to say the least, but for me it is the my limit of "Avant garde / Free Jazz" I can take, when I'm in the mood. I had to think twice before buying this as I already have the album, and I try not to buy CDs of stuff I have on LP. But this 25th anniversary CD has 6 additional cuts not on the original LP. The stellar line up of musicians, including the late Charlie Haden, on bass, and Jack DeJohnette, on drums, make this a adventurous CD worth considering.
The next selection is a puzzler, for me. Jim Hall & Basses, is a CD of duets which has the legendary guitarist paired with stellar bassists, Scott Colley, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, Christian McBride and George Mraz. I have to admit my first listen has me less than excited. But, I read an online review that praises the CD to high heaven. So, I plan to give it a good listen, again.
"St Germain is the stage name of Ludovic Navarre, a French musician. His style has been described as being a combination of house and nu jazz music", according to his Wikipedia page. I have an earlier CD of his and enjoy his music a lot. This CD uses African musicians giving it a nice world music feel.