Monday, May 25, 2020

Another Belated Sunday Music Muse Day - John Scofield, Steve Tibbetts

Another belated Sunday Music Muse Day post, as these pandemic days are making me lose track of time.  Again, I dipping into my vinyl collection. John Scofield has new CD coming out soon, so I thought I'd revisit one of his early albums, the John Scofield Quartet Rough House (1979). His playing definitely has a rough edge to it, but the Scofield sound and style is in full force.


My second choice is Steve Tibbetts Safe Journey (ECM - 1984), which is one of my favorite albums.  It's hard to description as it moves from spacey guitar rock to meditative trance music with a world music mix of kalimba, tabla, steel drum, and congas.  Well worth checking out.



As we celebrate Memorial Day.  I try to be mindful of the true meaning of Memorial Day, a time to remember and reflect on the fallen who give their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms and rights they believed in.  



We can best honor them by making the world a better place for everyone, and lessen the need for more cemeteries.

Stay safe, stay calm, and stay heathy. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Another Belated Sunday Music Muse Day post - Terje Rypdal, David Darling, Jan Garbarek with Bill Conners.

Here's another belated Sunday Music Muse Day, featuring some vinyl records, which I don't have on CD.  First up is saxophonist Jan Garbarek Places, an 1977 ECM release, featuring Bill Connors (post Chick Corea's Return to Forever) on acoustic guitar, Jack DeJohnette on Drums and John Taylor on organ and piano. I'm almost positive I picked this up because of Bill Connors.  I think I appreciate it more now than when I first bought, as I was still into the heavy guitar fusion style. My tastes have mellowed over the years and ECM recordings helped.


My second choice is another ECM release (1984) Terje Rypdal David Darling Eos (note the album title doesn't appear on the front cover). By the 80's I was interested in picking up any by ECM, and had several by guitarist Rypdal, a very esoteric player. This duet album with cellist David Daring definitely fits that description.  I still need to explore it more.


I think I'll be digging into my vinyl stack in the coming weeks.  It's like visiting old friend, who you lost touch with.