Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sunday Music Muse Day - Happy Mother's Day - Larry Coryell, Wes Montgomery

This Sunday Music Muse Day find us celebrating Mother's Day, so Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, and every variety of motherhood you embrace. After shopping for Mothers Day dinner, I enjoyed Larry Coryell's Last Swing with Ireland.  This was the legendary guitarist's last studio recording. By the casual, laid-back feel of the recording, I'm not sure this was planned to be an official released.  Never the less, there is an intimacy here that serves his legacy well.




Speaking of legacies in jazz Guitar, few can match that of West Montgomery.  The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery is his second session as a leader recorded in 1960 in New York City. This reissue CD label states : This Album was mastered in analog utilizing the 20-bit K2 super coding system". What ever that means.  All I know is, Wes sounds great,





Again, Happy Mother's Day to all. Enjoy, stay safe, stay healthy.


Sunday morning book browsing.

I get to do some Sunday morning book browsing at my local Barnes & Noble, first opportunity in a long while.  Some may make it onto my book buying list, but for now it's cheaper to snap picture for later reference.

This is board game.  The cover caught my eye.











The book on the lower left is a graphic novel.



                                                  

I know nothing about these titles, but the art looks cool



I wanted to look up the illustrator, Neil Roberts.


As I said browsing the book shelf is cheaper the buying.


Steve Rude's Nexus The Coming of Gourmando posters and custom coin.

I got these two signed mini-posters (11" x 17") and custom metal coin yesterday from a Steve Rude Kickstarter campaign I supported. The main book is still to come due to printing and shipping problems.



I really like the coin. I hope he does more of his characters in custom coins.


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Sunday Music Muse Day Jeff Campbell, Allan Holdsworth

This Sunday Music Muse Day found me hustling to mow my lawn before it rains, under threatening dark overcast clouds.  When the that's done I will enjoy Jeff Campbell West End Avenue. The is trio session with Campbell on bass, John Hollenbeck on drum and percussions, and John Wojciechowski on tenor saxophone and clarinet. Jeff in a local musician who I've see perform with Trio East, with drummer Rich Thompson and trumpeter Clay Jenkins.  Like his Trio East bandmate, Thompson, Jeff is also an instructor at the Eastman School of music. This is a very fine CD, starting with title track, which Trio East plays in concert.  Another standout is a rendering of Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, written by legendary bassist Charles Mingus. I'll assume this is a might be a nod to a personal inspiration. 




Next selection is Allan Holdsworth Leverkusen '97 a live set in a German jazz festival. The late fusion guitar well known for is blistering playing, and that is definitely on the display here, but there's a certain mellowness in his used of guitar effects (maybe guitar synthesizer).  This package comes with DVD of the performance, which I haven't watched yet. It something to look forward to.





So far, the rain has held off, but I'll still enjoy the tunes.  

Netflix Yasuke, Been there, done that...sort of.

I'm looking forward Netflix's Yasuke, but I'm thinking been there, done that...sort of. Just kidding, just another Dime-A-Dozen idea the fell by the wayside.





Here are more images of my artworks inspired by Japanese Samurai art. The winged demon warrior is a Helgon, an original character to be featured in a YA (Young Adult) fantasy story called "Emperor of the Sky", now Dime-A-Dozen project.



Who, there still maybe time to revisit these character so how.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Thundercats Tuesday - The Lost Joaquim Dos Santos Thundercat Concept Art

With the new rumors of the director of new Godzilla vs, King Kong movie wanting to do a Thundercats movie, attention is focus on the official TV versions, the original Rankin.Bass series I worked, the Warner Bros update and the last (and least successful) one Thundercats Oh!.  One humorous item about Warner Bros and the T'Cats, related to me by a former Rankin/Bass producer. When WB first thought of acquiring the rights they cold called Rankin/Bass, and my producer friend had to tell them they already owned it, as part of buying Lorimar/Telepictures. WB just had no idea they own it for years. D'OH! Also, when I was working at Warner Bros. on Ozzy & Drix (2003-2004), as a storyboard director (Daytime Emmy Award nominated), I met Joaquim Dos Santos who was working on the Justice League animated series. He was big Thundercats fan and make a presentation package of great redesigns of the T'Cats for a new update. WB passed on his version. He should get credit for this effort. I was able to give him an original Thundercats animation cel and he give me a copy of this copy of his concept art.















Dos Santos went on to be an Annie and Emmy Award winning producer/director of Avatar: the Last Airbender (2005and The Legend of Korra (2012), and other shows. When we were finishing Ozzy & Drix, I was part of a meeting about exploring a doing a Thundercat's series with my producer Ron Myrick and DC comic writer Mark Waid. Again, nothing came of that meeting. One last item, when DC.Windstorm did the Thundercat comic, the first issue included my Shadowmaster character and several props I designed for the original show. It was fun to see that. I hold out hope that if they do a movie. Shadowmaster will be make a appearance. I keepin my finger crossed on that.