Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday Music Muse - Duke Ellington, Giscomo Gates, September Jazz Birthdays

I glad to be relaxed enough to post a Sunday Music Muse Day for September. I've been dealing is a several Covid breakthrough cases in our family. I'm happy to say all is well. So, lets dive in with my first selection, Duke Ellington's Violin Session. This CD release of one of my favorite Ellington albums, not just because my father, Sam Woodyard plays the drums on it, but I enjoy Ellington's small group recording for their intimacy. The original vinyl album is one the few I kept after selling my vinyl record collection this pass spring. Actually the CD does a poor job of listng the personal credits, so I'll add the album's credits in this most.

My second selection is Giacomo Gates Everything is Cool.  I generally don't go for jazz vocalists, but something about Giacomo's style won me over, with the song "Full of Myself", a bonus track on his Luminosity CD. And he also does Hendrix's tune "Up from the Skies" on that CD.  Giacomo has layback beat poet feel to me. Lisa and I saw him perform live that Srathallan hotel bar lounge performing tunes from the Luminosity, in fact I bought the CD from him there.  Years laterly my drummer friend Mike Melito told me he was playing on that gig.  So, now I have a stronger connection the Giacomo and his music.  Everything is Cool sort sum up it up.

Being I celebrated a birthday in September, I'd like to repost my Jazzy Birthday song to honor September Jazz birthdays.   Jazz Birthday is a tune, written in 1978, with the original title "More or Les". The "Les" in the title refers to a old friend of Les Bernstein, not Les Paul the great guitar player, and father (inventor) of the solid body electric guitar, although it could, also. This new version was made with my vocals (with jazz singer Giacomo Gates as my inspiration). Actually, it was the first lyrics (and last) I've wrote since the 1980's.

So, stay safe, get vaccinated, and wear a mask when you need to. Peace.

Jack Kirby - Absolute Forth World

I recieved the Jack Kirby Jimmy Olson and New Gods collection books from a friend for my birthday , but I couldn't resist this oversided Jack Kirby Absolute Fourth World, vol.1 of 2, the second to be released in Dec. 2021. The Absolute volume present the the Forth World saga in order across all the titles. (Books are becoming my exception to my decluttering effort. Plus it was a birthday present to myself)

Here's the comparison of the printing and coloring. 

The second volume is scheduled for December 2021 release.  it will definitely be on my Christmas gift list.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Sunday Music Muse Day - Chick Corea, Al Di Meola

On this Sunday Music Muse Day, Lisa and I just returned from a daytrip to Letchworth State Park.  Returning I have time to enjoy some CDs from what seems like old musical friends.  First up is The Chick Corea New Trio.  This 2001 release follows the late jazz legend's Origins group, which featured a sextet and larger array of instruments, including saxphones, flute, trombone, and clarinet.   The New Trio pares it down to just the piano, bass and drums, which Chick wrote, "is the heart and soul of th jazz sound". Whatever, the context Chick musical genius is alway apparent.  The packaging on this CD is very artful, too. Right down to the CD itself.

Next is Al Di Meola Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody.  Of course, Al Di Meola came to fame as a guitarist of Chick Corea's Return to Forever, the pioneering jazz fusion band of the 1970s.  After leaving RTF and pursuiting his solo career Di Meola explored his love of Mediterranean music, and that is evident in this CD.  In many ways I prefer Di Meola post-RTF music more.This CD also has some stylist packaging.

As I said since I first heard these artists in the 1970s, they seem like old friends, and nothing warms the heart more than old friends. Enjoy

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Alien toys

 I couldn't resist these Alien figures at the Ollie's discount store.  They don't take up much shelf space, right?

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Sunday Music Muse Day - Alice Coltrane, Scolohofo ( SCofield LOvano HOlland FOster)

This Sunday Music Muse Day find us experiencing a very peasant weather day after several days of high temps and humidity. But the news out of Afghanistan adds a heaviness to the day.  Some how my first selection compliments the news.  Alice Coltrane Ptah, The El Daoud, the classic Impluse record.  Maybe it's just the Egyptian scarb imagery on the album cover reminds me of the Middle East.  The classic tune Blue Nile is a must.  It's well known Alice Coltrane is the wife of the legendary John Coltrane, but Alice gained fame and recognition on her own musical merits, most notably for her use ot the harp in jazz.

My second selection Scolohofo oh! is a group named for first letters of last name of it's members.  John SCOfield, Joe LOvano, Dave HOlland, and Alex FOster. Their Post-Bop (hard Bop ?) music can be driving and mellow with an edge to it.  It fits the mood of the day, too.

There is bound to be a lot of reflection on the Afghan situation, that is way beyond my grasp.  All we can hope is a evenual peaceful outcome for the people of Afghanistan, and a better future.

Saturday Garage Sale - Shoot the Moon, Gargoyles board game.

 We took part in our neighborhood garage sales yestersay and the video shows the unsold dregs.

Mostly medias we know and love, books, VHS, DVDs and CDs, remained unsold. Overall the toys R/C cars, Robots, GI Joes Sigma Six action figures, and some Nerf guns I pulled out sold well (not in picture as we forgot to take a pic). I'll still try to sale some stuff on Ebay as a last resort.

Afterwards I went to Record Archives only to see a Shoot the Moon wooden toy, SPACE SHOT, like one we decided not sell at our garage sale. Ours looks better, but this box is cool. Archives has other novelty toys, too.

A second side trip to Target found this new Gargoyles board game on the shelf. I might have to pick one up sometime.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Sunday Music Muse Day - Bob Sneider & Paul Hofmann, Avishai Cohen, Dan Vitalie

This Sunday Music Muse Day finds us bracing for temperatures reaching the 90s.  I managed to mow my lawn before it got too hot, and still sweated bullets.  So, with that done it's was time for some afternoon jazz in my air conditioned house.  First up is a compliment to last week's Paul Hofman CD featuring  Mile Melito, with Bob Sneider and Paul Hofmann Serve and Volley.  This 2008 piano-guitar duo outing is their third following Interconcection (2004) and Escapade (2006), which I have also.  The music is totally swinging and accessible.

Next up Avishai Cohen Adama. This 1998 release was his first as a leader after co-founding the Chick Corea's Origin group, where he spend six years honing his skills as a performer and composer. Cohen presents a very contemporary sound, described as "... a blend of Middle Eastern, eastern European, and African-American musical idioms." - Wikipedia.  Any musican that spends that much time in collaboration with the late Chick Corea is definitely worth a listen. 

Here's an extra tibbit.  I picked up this copy of The New York Jazz Record, a free monthy newspaper at the Bop Shop Record shop.  Browsing the back pages a small item caught my eye.  The old released date of records, including Daniel Vitale Quartet (August 3rd, 1992)  "Danny" Vitale is the bassist for Bob Snieder Trio and others.  

It seems Danny only had this recording as a leader.  I'd like to find it. I look forward to seeing Danny with Bob amd Mike soon.