Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Tom Rizzio, Grant Green

This Sunday Music Muse Day finds me enjoying a beautiful picture perfect fall day. I must admit I was not inclined to anything but relax and enjoy it with a heavy amount of laziness.  To aid in my desire, I picked Tom Rizzo Day and Night.  Guitarist Rizzo is totally new to me, I picked up this CD on blind faith, him being a guitarist and my being familiar with some of the tunes, like Infant Eyes by Wayne Shorter.  Checking online after listening to it, I discovered Rizzo was a west coast musician, but with a solid Rochester connection. A radio profile states: "Rizzo’s passion for the guitar led him to teach as well as to perform with many of the jazz greats who were faculty members of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Then at age 25, he hit the road with the Maynard Fergusson Big Band. That gig lead to a 10-year dream job as one of the youngest members of "The Tonight Show" Orchestra with Doc Severenson"  I'm wondering if my musician friends who are Eastman instructors have crossed path with him.  This is a pleasant sounding session with solid playing.  I good find by any measure.

By second selection, find me rediscovering a jazz guitar legend, Grant Green First Session.  As the title notes this is a CD release of Green's first recording session on November 16, 1960. but the producer Alfred Lion shelved this session, and recorded Grant in January 1961, and released First Stand as his official debut album.  It hard to imagine what the producer found lacking in this.

All in all, a fine fall day.  Hope you got to enjoy it, too

Inktober #4 -12

Here are my Inktober drawing # 4 to 3

I don't feel I'm knocking it out of the park with any of them, but I'll keep at it.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Ginger Baker RIP

This Sunday Music Muse Day started on a sad note the passing of Ginger Baker, founder and legendary drummer for Cream, one of the foremost Rock groups of 1960s.  With Eric Clapton on guitar and the late Jack Bruce on bass, Cream, along the Jimi Hendrix Experience, defined the Rock power trio for all that followed.  Cream's double album Wheel of Fire was one of the first vinyl records I bought as a teenager.  I remember listening to early FM radio, late at night, while drawing at the kitchen table, to the extended albums cuts of 'Crossroads' and 'Spoonful'.  Cream covers introduced me to the music of blues legend Robert Johnson, and others. 

I'm glad I got a chance to see Ginger Baker play live on the only tour of Blind Faith, with Clapton and Steve Winwood (of Traffic), the band formed after Cream broke up.

One of my personal thrill was Ginger Baker mentioning my father, Sam Woodyard, as one of the classic jazz drummers who inspired him in his youth.  This was printed in the liner notes of CD he did with Bill Frisell.

Ginger Baker's  musical legacy is secure and his music will always beat on.  Rest in peace, Ginger, and thanks for the music.

Inkober 2019

I'm attempting Inktober 2019, where you do a ink drawing everyday of October based on a daily one word prompt.

Here's my results so far. Nothing spectacular so far. 

More to come...

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday Music Muse Day - Rich Thompson, Charlie Byrd

Another great fall day for this Sunday Music Muse.  First up is Rich Thompson Less is More. Listening to this CD is my consolation prize for missing Rich's gig this past Friday at the Little Theatre Cafe.  Fridays are alway tough for me get energized to go out after getting home from work.  This session is a nice mixed of solid jazz tunes written by well known artists and a original from Rich and bassist Jeff Campbell.  I hope to catch Rich live soon.

My next selection is Charlie Byrd Byrd by the Sea, a CD of a classic set by the legendary guitar best known for his contributions to jazz Samba and Bossa Nova.  This CD contain the tunes from the original classic vinyl record, plus 7 bonus tracks  from the original live concert.  I believe there was a series of great artists that recorded at Howard Rumsey's Concert by the Sea, a famous jazz venue in Redondo Beach, CA.  I know when I've found a "keeper" when Lisa ask "who's that, and what kind of guitar is that?"  She liked the sound immediately. I'm happy to add it my our shared listening pleasure.

Hard to believe October is several days away.  Time to gather more good tunes like squirrels gathering nuts for the winter.  Enjoy.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Dime-A-Dozen Project #13 Tailgunner Jones.

Dime-A-Dozen Projects is so named from a conversation with creative friends of mine as we lamented that when we were working full-time for someone else, we get these (in our minds) original million dollar ideas, that would, somehow, turn into "dime-a-dozen" ideas when we were out of work and on our own. I have tons of unfinished projects in the form of character sketches, incomplete written outlines, half drawn comic pages, and full illustrations. You get the idea, a dime-a-dozen idea. I'm feeling the need to catalog for my own sanity and for a simple record to leave my kids, and as I said above, along the way rekindle my creative juice and start drawing again.

TailgunnerJones was planned as 6 book, 32 pages, indie B&W comic book saga.  The tales was inspired by Buck Roger and a touch of Joe Halderman's Forever War.  Nathan "Tailgunner" Jones was Starship captain who disappeared after a unexpected space battle.  His battlecruiser, the Yankee Dog, on route to be decommissioned. happens upon a opposing space armanda staging area. Ordering his small crew to board and launch shuttles to warn to his own fleet, Jones engages the enemy fleet alone, in a delaying action, knowing he's has no chance of winning. His attack disrupts the enemy plans, and is a savage battle his destroys the Tempest the enemy's flagship, causing the death of the Emperor of Drillian Empire.  Jones' Yankee Dog is heavily damages but mention to escape in a near asteroid field.  He releases extra fuel tanks and explodes  them, tricking the enemy in think the Yankee Dog is destroy.  The Drillian fleet retreats as their element of surprise has been compromised.  Injured Tailgunner Jones enter a auto-doc chamber and accidentally  activates a crygenic sleep cycle.

50 years after the Yankee Dog is discovered by an unlikely trio.  Aurora B, a space mercenary/bodyguard, her client Angelica Reed,a space anthropologist, and  Man-Droid, a battle android.  Jones find him self in underground resistance group fight the Driliain Empire.  I also discover the High Priestess, wife of the Emperor is still alive and when she is informed  he's live calls for his death.

Art Gallery.

Nathan "Tailgunner"" Jones
Here's the first seven comic pages of the first issue.

Characters: Angelica Reed, Aurora B.  and Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones in battlesuit.

Aurora B.

Jana and Palace guards.

Sabella, High Priestess

Jana and Palace guard

High Priestess.

Misc, Characters: Lo-Be and Hi-Bo