Welcome to another Sunday Music Muse Day, where I share newly acquired music and old favorites, and this week to sadly note the passing of a music great. First is a CD that its minimalist title and cover art belies the great music of the two musician featured on it. Metheny Mehldau is a duet CD of guitarist, Pat Metheny, and pianist, Brad Mehldau playing a set of originals by both. The liner notes reveals their deep mutual respect for the each other, and they show that in their playing. I've CDs of both, leading their own groups. and this CD is a nice addition to the list.
On a sad note, this week marked the passing of jazz guitar great Larry Coryell. Best known for his trailblazing jazz fusion playing. As eulogized in the New York Times, " Larry Coryell a virtuoso guitarist who in the 1960s was among the first musicians to
bring a rock sound and sensibility to jazz, and who continued to blur
the lines between genres throughout his career, died on Sunday in
Manhattan. He was 73." To me, he and his contemporaries, like guitarist John Mclaughlin and pianist Chick Corea bridged the gap between Rock and Jazz. Once you followed these guys int the world of Jazz, it was hard to settle for a steady diet of Rock music ever again. I featured an early album Spaces just a week or so ago, and his last recording Barefoot Man: Sanpaku, currently, too.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Welcome to another Sunday Music Muse Day, and I'm finding that music is helping me get through the stressful political news of the day. So, here's some choice selections to ease the tensions of the day. First a new guitarist, at least to me, Roddy Ellias Monday's Dream. This was a random pick, a pure shot in dark purchase for me. The simple, understated CD cover design reminded me of an ECM cover. I like guitar trios, so, I decided to give it a shot, I'm very glad I did. Roddy's music, from the very first notes made me think of Ralph Towner, and checking a review online, it mentioned that very point. "If there are hints of Ralph Towner in Ellias' often abstruse but nevertheless compelling compositions, it's because the two share a commonality: the evolution of harmonic languages that make them unmistakable from the first notes of a tune..." (John Kelman - all about jazz) This is very nice, introspective outing. I hope I can find more recordings by him.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Sorry for the erratic Sunday Music Muse Day postings, but the current political climate is distracting. That said, maybe the best way to get through these stressful days, especially here in upstate New York where we get long periods of grey, gloomy, overcast days, is with good music. My first selection even has a song about a disorder this causes. On the local band Blue Falcon Full Flight, John Viviani and Ben Stephanus do a tune "S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder). This is a local indie Rock band, I still have to see live. (John is the husband of a friend, and former co-worker Deena Lipomi Viviani) Personally I like John's jazz fusion outing more, but Blue Falcon is fun band to listen to.