This Sunday Music Muse Day features two selections picked up the the South Wedge Record Fair, last weekend. Both CDs are from local musicians, talented drummers, and educators, who keep the beat and the pulsing, swinging rhythm of jazz alive and well in Rochester. (Also, who are friends I've seen perform often.) First up, we count it off with Mike Melito Quintet The Next Step, as the liner notes by C. Andrew Hovan, Jazz journalist, states about this 2004 session, "As a purveyor of the hard bop genre, he has been consistently deserving of wider recognition, mixing classy precision with a well-tuned drum sound and burnished cymbal accents". In short, Mike is hard swinging drummer. I'm humbled that Mike considers my father, Sam Woodyard, who was a drummer for Duke Ellington, as a major inspiration. There are times I can hear echoes of Sam's playing in Mike's, keeping the jazz tradition moving forward. Thanks, Mike.