Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunday Music Muse Day Bill Frisell, John Scofield Trio, George Russell, and Quincy Jones revisited.

This week Sunday Music Muse is a nice collection of old favorite guitar players and two revisits to an album and music already have.  First is the eclectic guitarist "Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones" (which is the title) on bass and drums respectively.   Bill music is always so adventurous, and this doesn't disappoint.  It features one of my favorite tunes of his "Strange Meeting".  Also, this CD's cover graphics features the art of Jim Woodring, which reminds me of the old underground comic art.  Bill Frisell used used Woodring art on other CD cover, too.

Next is another guitar favorite of mine, John Scofield Trio LIVE EnRoute, featuring Steve Swallow, on bass, Bill Steward on drums.  I've seen these guys several times playing in NYC years ago.   They are definitely tight unit that's a pleasure to listen to.  I like the humorous CD graphics parody of airline safety instruction.

 The next selection is a sign of weakness on my part.  I usually try not buy CD of things I own on vinyl, unless the vinyl is in really bad shape, or the CD has bonus tracks, custom packaging, etc.  But , I couldn't resist this one because I love the title track so much.  George Russell & the Living Time Orchestra, So What.  This So What is very rocking version of the Miles Davis tune with the whole orchestra playing the Miles solo transcribed and arranged for the band.  It's nice to have easy access to this. I'm sure I'll be playing it a lot more.

 Last up, is a curious selection, in a way.  I suspected I had the music already, but not the CD cover.  Quincy Jones, The Birth of a Band Vol. 2.  As it turned out, I have a version of the music on this CD that friend make for me.  But, it's nice to have the cover art to complete the set, visually at least.  Of course, the fact that my father, Sam Woodyard, plays drums on seven of the fourteen cuts had nothing to do with my buying it.  Go figure.

 Hope every one has a good week, full of good times, and good music.  Enjoy.

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