This Sunday Music Muse Day finds us in the Memorial Day weekend. A time to remember and reflect on the fallen who give their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms and rights they believed in. This week I have two young guitarists who are in the up and coming stage in their careers. In looking up their backgrounds I found they came together for a special project, more later. First up is Julian Lage Love Hurts, his latest release which get 4 out of 5 star review in All About Jazz website. In this CD I hear a echoes of Larry Coryell in his playing. That is not a bad thing.
Next is Anthony Wilson Adult Themes. This young jazz guitarist, composer and arranger is the son Gerald Wilson, the famous bandleader. Anthony Wilson has earn much praise in his own right. His first self-named album earned a Grammy Nomination. All Music reviewer Alex Henderson give Adult Themes 3 out of 5 stars, saying, "this CD is noteworthy not only because of Wilson's Wes Montgomery-influenced guitar playing, but also because of his arranging and composing". He adds, "Adult Themes innovative, but this enjoyable date is certainly neither generic nor predictable. I agree with this last statement totally. I'll have to seek out his other 9 releases.
In researching their background I discovered Julian Lage and Anthony Wilson are part of a guitar quartet project inspired by a custom guitar builder John Monteleone. He commissioned Los Angeles-based composer Anthony Wilson to create an original song cycle that would showcase the instruments he build together. Here's a youtube clip of the Seasons Quartet.
This Sunday Music Muse Day finds me overloaded with happy family events and milestones. We're celebrating my wife's, Lisa, birthday and the college graduation of my oldest son, Spencer (how time flies). After an emotional but tiring day, it nice to settle in with old musical favorites. First up, John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension Now Here This. This 2012 release reach number 25th on the Billboard's Jazz album chart. Of course it is the top notch jazz fusion the legendary guitar is known for. It's always enjoyable to hear his CDs.
Next is another old favorite jazz fusion guitarist, Al Di Meola Anthology. Di Meola, of course, came to fame with Chick Corea's Return to Forever. This two CD set is made up of tunes from Meola's solo albums after leaving RTF. It's nice to have this collection which cut down the temptation to buy CD of albums I already have. Plus, there are a couple of unissued bonus tracks.
Again, it's nice listen to these as comforting old friends, as we celebrate new horizons.
This Sunday Music Muse Day find us celebrating Mother's Day. So here's wishing all you wonderful moms a happy Mother's Day. Here's some nice tunes to accompany the activities of the day. First Bill Evans Trio Sunday at the Village Vanguard, a CD reissue of classic album with additional alternate takes.
Next up is Ryo Kawasaki My Reverie, a solo opening playing "music inspired by the great performances of the Late Bill Evans...", although it features no tunes written by Evans. The liner notes might have explained more, but the text is in Japanese. In any case it is solid CD to enjoy on a rainy afternoon, as it as as I write.
Again, enjoy Mother's Day and honor them all, living, and those no longer with us. Peace.