Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Gerry Gibbs, Snarky Puppy.

This Sunday Music Muse Day find our area experiencing varying weather from quick moving thunderstorms under severe storm warning to period period bright sunshines.  I'll be enjoying these CDs during it all.  First up is Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio We're Back.  It's a concept album of Jazz Interpretations of his favorite R&B tunes from the 60's and 70's, including several by Steve Wonder, and Earth, Wind, and Fire.  I can't say I'm totally into this but it's an enjoyable casual listen.  It may lean too far toward smooth jazz for my taste.

Next is Snarky Puppy Immigrance, a solid outing from this musicians collective the blurs the boundaries of jazz and Alternative Rock.  There are always some interesting musical ideas in their music.  Worth checking out.

Rain or shine, listening to good music is the way to go.  Enjoy.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Robot Sunday (almost)

Robot Sunday...almost. These were companion pieces to last Robot Sunday sketch ( a better scan) I did while on vacation.  Previews of a coming Dime-A-Dozen project post.

 The last is still WIP (work in progress)  Enjoy.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Emily Remler, Ron Afif

This Sunday Music Muse Day find me on the last day of vacation time.  I started the day volunteering, with Lisa,  at the Jazz 90.1 booth at the East Ave Art Festival.  That was fun with plenty of people watching.  Now I'm relaxing with some afternoon jazz.  First up is Emily Remler East to Wes, a excellent straight ahead jazz set by the late guitarist recorded in 1988, joined by a stellar cast of sidemen. Definitely an artist who left us way too so.

Next is a  new guitarist to me, at least, Ron Affif Solotude.  As the title hints at, it"s a solo guitar set featuring some jazz standards and several originals written by Affif.  It's an enjoyable session, on Pablo Record label, home of the legendary Joe Pass, the master of solo jazz guitar.  Affif does the tradition proud. I'm always willing to try new guitarist.  This one's a keeper.

Hopefully, some time spent with good music will help ease the pain of the news of the latest mass shooting in the U.S.  I heart aches with the families and friends of the victim.  Seems we're powerless to end the madness. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Wes Montgomery, Kurt Rosenwinkel Group

We're enjoying a picture prefect summer weekend here in upstate NewYork. When not outside soaking up the sunshine, a pleasant change for Rochester, I'm enjoying these 2 live CD sets from two ends of the jazz guitar spectrum.  First up, Wes Montgomery Back in Indiana Avenue, another excellent package from Resonance Records of newly discovered early recordings of the legendary jazz guitarist. The liner notes states these are some of the earliest recordings of Wes classics, like "Four on Six, which is the first cut on the CD, and a favorite Wes Montgomery tune of mine. This is a must for a lover of jazz guitar.  I highly recommend the all the Resonance Records releases of Wes and other artists.

Next up, is a one of young contemporary jazz guitarist who may have come to know Wes Montgomery through the playing of Pat Metheny or Larry Coryell.  Kurt Rosenwinkel Group The Remedy - Live at the Village Vanguard.  I've listened to several his CDs before this 2 CD live set, and I get he's a talented player, but his music doesn't grab me as memorable.  More guitar noodlings than solid compositions for my tastes.  But, he's popular and critics' favorite, so to each, his own.

With the chance of good summer weather, do yourself a favor and take in some live music.  I plan to. Enjoy

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Pat Metheny Unity Group, Metheny Mehldau Quartet

This Sunday Music Muse Day find me enjoying a favorite musician in two different group setting.  Pat Metheny Unity Group Kin is the second CD I have of the group lead by the famous guitarist.

My second selection is Metheny Mehldau Quartet, with the amazing pianist Brad Mehldau.  It's a great pairing.

Sunday was prefect weather a bike run along the Erie canal and relaxing to a afternoon of good music.  I hope you enjoyed the day, too.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Bill Frisell, Gilad Heselman, CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

Since I saw Bill Frisell Trio at CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, last night, it's a not brainer that I pulled out several Bill Frisell CDs to enjoy to today.  With Bill was Tony Scherr (bass) & Kenny Wollesen (drums).

I'll feature one, Good Day Happy man, because it has a favorite tune of the wife, Lisa, 'Poem for Eva'. I introduced Bill Frisell's music to my mother-in-law, during a visit last year.  She like it so much I gave her a copy for a Christmas present. Frisell's really can be enjoy by any generation.

The young guitarist Gilad Hekselman was playing at the jazz festival, also, but he was scheduled the exact time and day as Bill Frisell.  So, Bill had to be my first choice. Lisa and I, thought that if Frisell sold out we could to see Gilad Hekselman instead.  We actually considered going to the second Hekselman show, but two $30 a ticket shows in one night wasn't in out entertainment budget. So, I had to console myself with listening a a current release of his, Ask for Chaos.  Hopefully, he return to the Jazz festival sometime.

Lisa and I will be back at the festival next weekend as volunteers for the Jazz 90.1 radio booth,  on Gibb Street. Saturday 7 - 9pm.  If you come down, drop by and say hello.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Gary Burton, Egberto Gismonti

This Sunday Music Muse Day find us celebrating Father's Day.  I had the well wishes of my wife and sons to warm my heart on this rather cool, overcast day.  I played these ECM selection to brighten the mood.  Gary Burton The New Quartet  is CD reissue of classic from the 1973. Somehow, I missed it the first time around.  This features guitarist Michael (Mick) Goodrick, follows in a spot held by Larry Coryell, and Pat Metheny in earlier Burton groups. This is great addition to my music collection.  This is one of the recent bunch of ECM reissue releases of their catalog. My only complaint is there are no liner notes to give more context to the music.

Next is Egberto Gismonti Selected Recordings, a 2004 release of various tunes from Gismonti many ECM albums.  I really enjoy Gismonti's music as it introduced me to another side of Brazilian beyond Bossa Nova, the more rural folk music of Bahia.   I can't call this a "best of " since a lot of my favorite tunes aren't included.  But, it is still a good collection and worth having.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day.  Enjoy.

Sunday Robot - B3Bop - Intruder

This is video from a series of Robot Sunday sketches. Robot Sunday is informal drawing prompt channel I do with to artists. Last fall I design a little robot and started using it in my Robot Sunday drawings. I named it "B3Bop" (Bebop, like the jazz style) and progressed to doing mini-storyline over several sketch. So i thought to turn this latest series into a video.

Here's the last page (this week sketch)
I may go back and do the other sketches.

For now, enjoy.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Steve Khan, John Scofield

On this bright and sunny, near perfect summer day, after a productive morning of attending to the lawn, cleaning the car, and weekly grocery shopping, I'm enjoying the sounds of long time favorite guitarists.  First up, Steve Khan The Green Field, a 2006 release that was his first solo release in ten year, although he was busy with other projects as a sideman.  One reviewer described it as "latin tinted progressive jazz" (Greg Prato of Allmusic). I would agree, but found it not as focus as his earlier solo sessions.  One minor disappointment is the lack of Folon cover art.  Still, it was great to find this CD.

 Here are some of his earlier covers. This would be excellent set to pick up.
My second treat of the day is John Scofleld A Moments Peace.  A nice laid back collection of tunes played with Scofield unmistakable guitar tone.  He's one of a handful of guitarists you can recognize with just a hearing a few notes. I've been a fan since the '70s and this outing welcomed addition to my collection.

It been pleasant day with pleasant music.  I can't ask for more.  Enjoy.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Andy Summers, Grant Green

Today Sunday Music Muse Day finds me diving into a backlog of new purchases.  First up is Andy Summers Green Chimneys, The Music of Thelonious Monk, and as the title states it a collection of all Thelonious Monk tunes.  This is an early companion to another DC "Peggy's Blue Skylight" that was all Charlie Mingus tunes he released two years later..  In the Liner notes Summers relates how, as a teenager, he saw Thelonious Monk perform in England and how it have a massive impact on him.  Although best known as a member and guitarist for the Police, with Sting and drummer, Steward Copeland, Summers deep jazz root shows in his solo work after the Police.

My second selection is Grant Green Grantstand on the classic Blue Note label.  This 1961 session is tasty sample of soul-jazz groove of the era with fun, straight-ahead playing.

My post is short and sweet this week, but music leaves a lasting impress. Enjoy.