This week's Sunday Music Muse Day selections finds me picking up three CDs, one featuring an old favorite player, a group with a guitarist recently featured in a post, and a nod to a local musician I met over the holidays. First up is a CD titled That's for Sure, featuring guitarist John Abercrombie, a favorite of mine for many years. Here, he's playing in a trio setting with leader Marc Copland on piano and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet and Flugelhorn. This music has the earmarks of a ECM recording, but it was released by Challenge Records, and actually Abercrombie and Wheeler appear courtesy of ECM records.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Monday, January 18, 2016
Here's my Sunday Music Muse Day, delayed 24 hours by football games and Downton Abby. My first selection is one should have posted last week to commemorate my late father's birthday, Duke Ellington Piano in the Foreground, with, my father, Sam Woodyard on drums. I almost passed on buying this CD, since I already had a copy, but checking the song list I saw it was a remastered collection with 7 bonus tracks. That made it well worth buying. I really enjoy the small group setting of Dukes. Plus, the cover is a favorite of mine, because Sam is on it.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Happy New Year, and welcome to the first Sunday Music Muse Day of 2016. In between Christmas shopping and family holiday celebrations I managed to pick up two new CDs to start the New Year on a high musical note. First is the Joe Pass Resonance CD. This Pablo CD finds the legendary guitarist in a trio setting with Jim Hughart on electric bass and Frank Severino on drums, recorded at Donte's in North Hollywood in December 1974. Joe Pass always leaves me amazed at the artistry of his playing. Just great music.