For this week's Sunday Music Muse Day, I present one new CD purchase, and several vinyl selections from my record collection. The CD is Gary Burton, Like Mind. Joining the legendary vibraphonist is Chick Corea, on piano, Pat Metheny, on guitar, Roy Haynes, on drums, and Dave Holland, on bass. This 1998 session, won a 1999 Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group. That should have a no-brainer the selection committee considering the musicians on this CD. Gary Burton's liner notes are very interesting as he relates how the various members, met and criss-crossed each others career. The most surprising note, for me, was that this session was the first time Chick Corea and Pat Metheny played together. The other item of note was how highly Burton regarded the writing skills for Corea and Metheny. He wrote, "Chick and Pat are two of the most enduring and prolific jazz composers around." The resulting CD bears this out.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
I missed posting last week, due to family stuff, so I'm back with this week's Sunday Music Muse Day with four solid selections. First up, a favorite guitarist of mine, Bill Frisell Big Sur, with another eclectic and adventurous outing. Big Sur finds Bill playing with a drummer and a viola, cello, and violin string trio. The title comes from the music being written at Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, a legendary region in California Big who's relative isolation and natural beauty began to attract writers and artists, and performed at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival.