Welcome to another Sunday Music Muse Day. This week's selections starts off with the beats of two swinging drummers. Counting off the downbeat first is Mike Melito (when he had a longer name, and longer hair), as the Michael Melito Quintet - My Conception, actually is Mike's recording debut as a leader. Mike sure hit the ground running, and continues producing the swinging "hard bop" he set out to play. I already have Mike's latest "New York Connections", and look forward to the CD release gig he has planned in October. Mike is a big fan of my father, Sam Woodyard (drummer for Duke Ellington), and counts Sam as a major influence. The more I hear Mike play, the more I hear bits of Sam in his playing, and feel Mike is keeping that swinging tradition alive, and progressing.