Sunday, August 14, 2022

Sunday Music Muse Day - Lionel Loueke , Paul Silbergleit

This day's Sunday Music Muse Day has me basking in the glow of a happy  event coming this week, a online reunion with friend and family from the youth.  I'll relate details later.  First selection is Lionel Loueke, Close Your Ryes.  It a trio session to Loueke on guitar and vocal, Reuben Rogers on acoustic bass, and Eric Harland on drums. Interestingly, the playlist has several well known tunes from Wayne Short, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, but not any originals by any of the band members.  That's a minor disappointment for me, still is a good CD, as the trio offers good takes on classics.

Next, we have Paul Silbergleit, January.  Generally, I just bought this on the picture of him holding a jazz guitar, although checking  my CD list I do have an earlier CD of his.  Reading the liner notes it seem he is part of the local jazz scene in Milwaukee ILL.  It made me think of guitarist  Bob Sneider and our local jazz scene, proving good music can be found outside major cities like New York and Los Angeles.  Silbergleit strong set of straight ahead jazz originals would fit nicely in the Rochester Jazz Festival line up.

So, I hope everyone can find a way to stay safe, cool, sane, in these still chaotic time. The right music well help, enjoy.

Disney Gargoyle Board Game and Marvel Black Panther book.

I made a short trip to Barnes & Noble, thinking I'd buy another Star Wars wooden model, like the X-Wing fighter I made, but they were all gone. So, as consolation, I picked these items on a slight discount.

The Disney Gargoyle board game is must have for me.  I plan to guilt my son into playing with for my upcoming birthday next month.   The Black Panther was one I had my eye on for a while. 

I'll have to do a fuller post on both items soon.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Sunday Music Muse Day - Brad Mehldau, Dorado Schmitt Quintette

Here's my latest Sunday Music Muse Day after several weeks off due to vacation travel and other things.  Today we're getting some of hot weather other parts of the country has been getting, with tempts in mid-90s.  So, lets cool down with Brad Mehldau After Bach.  This solo session from the jazz pianist, and as the title implies it's all Bach compositions.  Not being a classical music fan. I'll play this to step out of my comfort zone.  So far, so good.

Next is Dorado Schmitt Quintette Clar deLune is group of musicians totally unknown to me.  With the name and instrumental line up, plus seeing two Django Reinhardt tune on it, I assumed it might be in the same vain as the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist.  That proved to correct, it definitely has the Quintette du Hot Club de France vibe.  Quite nice for a warm Sunday afternoon.

So, hope everyone is staying cool and safe in this warm weather. Enjoy.

Star War X-Wing wooden model

picked up this wooden model to make on my stay at our vacation cottage, but thought better of it since it might have gotten trashed in traveling back home. So, I built it when I got back. $10 at Barnes & Noble. You can't beat the price, and it looks good.

Gargoyle Toys and others.

On route home from Michigan, we stopped in a massive book store, and I had to steel myself to not buy these items in the spirit of decluttering. Yeah, it hurt.

The anniversary of the release of Iron Giant, made me sorry I passed on buying action figure.  Iron Giant is one of my favorite animated features.

Still, I can't be too sorry, I really don't have shelf space for these items.

Jack Kirby Tribute Puzzle Maze Cube

Jack Kirby Tribute Cube is cool wooden puzzle maze cube produced Intrism LLC, "Made with ♥️ in Columbus, OH, USA." Designed by Kyle Vandeveer. First, I have to say the construction and engineering of this is just incredible, no glue need and the parts separated perfectly. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. When I first saw it, I immediately thought of my idol, legendary comic book artist and creator Jack Kirby. The design of puzzle cube reminded me of Kirby's fantastic machinery art, so I modified it by coloring and applying images of Kirby art as a tribute to him. See if you can pick out the Kirby characters. This is best viewed full screen. Enjoy.

I had a blast doing this Jack Kirby Tribute.  I plan on the larger size puzzle cube, and customize it as a visual archive of my own art, personal and professional.  The working title, so far, will be "Art and Times of a Journeyman Artist.  I keep you posted.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Sunday Music Muse Day - Esperanza Spalding, Brad Mehldau

After a little break in weekly Sunday Music Muse Day, here's two selections worth checking out. First, Esperanza Spalding Emily's D+Evolution. If you're tuned in to the buzz about Kate Bush's tune "Running Up that Hill", used in the Netflix series Stranger Things, you'll enjoy this unique outing by a young multi-talented musician.  She's best know as a highly awarded jazz bassist and college music instructor.  This could be a concept album and "Emily" a alter-ego.  In any case, It a very densely produced modern style. I find the vocal styling hard to follow without reading the lyrics, but that could be my old ears. My favorite tune is the tune " Unconditional Love (Alternate Version) with blistering guitar solo by Matthew Stevens.

Second, is Another CD that could seen as  concept album, Brad Mehldau Jacob's Ladder.  Again, Brad Mehldau best known as jazz pianist, the music on this CD draw heavily from progressive rock music of the 70s, ike Rush's "Tom Sawyet", Yes "Starship Trooper, to take a journey in a different music direction.

So,  both my selection are taking a several listening explore, but they're growing on me.