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.