This Sunday Music Muse Day find us heading the New Year, for better or worst (depending how much you follow current events) with a sense of hope, or dread. In any case there is alway music to ease our anxiety. Today selections were actually prizes won by ruffle at the Jazz90.1 radio station Holiday Party for staff and volunteers, just before Christmas. Both are a little out of my jazz comfort zone, but pleasant. First up is Nicki Parrott From New York to Paris, a collect of vocals and tasty bass playing from a musician I hadn't heard of before. Although the liner notes states she was the bassist for guitar legend Les Paul for ten years. That fact alone was worth a listen. Plus, and she has 27 albums releases. This CD is more "lounge jazz" for my taste, but the quality of her singing, playing and recording production is top notch. In fact, the CD is listed on a best jazz of the year list I've seen online. It will make for dinner background music for the most part, for me.
My second selection David Finck BASSically Jazz, again a bassist lead group, featuring Joe Locke on vibes. This CD also is more "lounge jazz" for my taste, especially the three vocal tracks, but well played. But, I just may wrong about these two CDs and maybe they'll grow on me.