This Sunday Music Muse Day finds us preparing for Thanksgiving, which may prove to be more stressful and confusing in these day of rising covid-19 surge and post-election chaos. Lets use music to get us through these crazy days. First selection is pulled from an artist featured in my November Jazz Birthday Celebration video, Vince Mendoza. John Abercrombie Animato features Vince Mendoza as composer and on synthesizers, with Jon Christensen on Drums and percussion. Mendoza composed six of the eights on this CD. It's Mendoza's composing the caught my ear with tunes of his on some Peter Erskine trio sessions, especially the tune, Esperanca on the Peter Erskine As It Is CD. The Abercrombie Animato CD is very subdued, like whispered elegance, and a floating musical mystery, perfect for a cloudy moody afternoon.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
I'm so embarrassed. I almost blow off my Jazz Birthday November video, then
had a birthday this month, too. So Happy Birthday to both of them.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Sunday Music Muse Day - Aldo Romano, Ralph Towner, Paolo Fresu, Warped Sky Stray Clouds presents: Paul Kovit
This gloomy and windy Sunday Music Muse Day finds us worrying if our weeks of leaf racking will be scattered by expected high winds today, 30-50mph. To ease the tension I have some good tunes to listen to. First up is Aldo Romano Ritual, the Italian born drummer who moved to France when a child and played guitar and drums professionally in the 1950s. He earned attention playing with jazz musicians Don Cherry and Steve Lacy. In the 1970's he started leading and recording of Avant Garde and rock influenced jazz Fusion. Those strains are definitely evident in this, his 4th album as a leader, from 1988. It's an adventurous mix and very enjoyable to hear music that's not easy to pigeon hole. I admit the cover art design first caught my eye, plus the trumpet and flugelhorn player was feature on the next selection.
My next selection is one I presented before, but it deserves an encore appearance, Ralph Towner/Paolo Fresu Chiaroscuro. This is a beautiful CD by the legendary guitarist Ralph Towner, who at 80 year old is still performing and touring. (His Facebook group one of the few musician groups I follow) The CD has one of my favorite Towner compositions, Sacred Place. The very first time I heard it, it brought a tear eye with the simple beauty of it. There are two version on the CD, one with Towner playing solo, and aversion in duet with Paolo Fresu on Flugelhorn. both are excellent but I prefer the solo version. Of course, the rest other CD isn't bad either. I can't recommend this highly enough.
Here's another Warped Sky Stray Clouds post, actually a follow up video to my No Laughing Live - In Studio Live videos. My friend Paul Kovit, was the founder and drummer of the ad hoc group, but was really a talented folk guitarist and singer/song writer. Besides his solo gigs, Paul was a member of the New York City-based Whirligig which fused Celtic sounds with other traditional folk and world musics. The group played folk festivals across the U.S. These videos are of a recording of a casual playing session while visiting me, "Audience of One", while I worked at Doros Animation studio in NYC back in the mid-1980s. I asked Paul to play an original tune of his I liked, "Don't Call Me Dear", and I used my Sony Walkman to record it, he did, and kept playing, so I kept recording.
After posting Part 2 Paul send me some corrections: "First song is by me called "Plain Facts". Second song is called "Sloth" by Richard Thompson/Dave Swarbrick. (A Fairport Convention song). FYI, the lyric is "Just a roll, just a roll, just a roll on your drum, just a roll, just a roll and the war has begun"I have absolutely no memory, zero, zilch, nada of ever doing the third song." I was able to make corrections and reposted the video again.
Here's more animation cels from the basement. There were of an old TV record spot Goofy Gold, a collection of novelty songs I did in the 1970s. I'll label the characters.
Big Bad John.
Running Bear & Little White Dove
(One-Eyed, One Horned, Flying) Purple People Eater
Here's the full TV spot.
I'll post more animation cels in the a future post. Enjoy.
Sunday, November 8, 2020
This Sunday Music Muse Day find us celebrating finally knowing who win the Presidential Election. My congratulations go to the new President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. I like to celebrate with some good music, so up first is Joe Romano This is the Moment (the title is perfect and timely). I know of Joe Romano mainly through the "Artistry in Jazz" radio show on Jazz90.1 WGMC, host by DJ and friend Tom Pethic. It a pleasant surprise to see the sidemen on this CD included drummer and friend Mike Melito, and Dino Losito, who I just saw last night a Bop Shop Record live online concert with friend Bob Sneider (gee... I'm name dropping like bandit), where they performed tunes from there recent CD release of last month. An added surprise is Tom Pethic wrote the Romano CD liner notes. Joe Romano playing lives up the praise I've been hearing from Tom over the years. It seems Joe make very few albums as a leader, so this is a gem to cherished. Thanks, Tom for the heads up.
Next is Perez, Patitucci, Blade Chidren of the Light. This trio of Danilo Perez, keyboards, John Patitucci. Bass and Brian Blades, drums, offers a interest and thoughtful set of adventurous originals. It a nice compliment to the Brian Blade Fellowship CD Perceptual, I presented back in September. Well worth a listen.
With the election of a president settled (almost) we can hopefully look forward to better calmer, stable days. Always look for music to help smooth out the rough spots. Enjoy.
Last Throwback Thursday of post some miscellaneous I pulled put while decluttereing.
First is some rare animation cel and backgrounds from the Galaxy Rangers
More art to come.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
#2 - "Wisp" - For this prompt, I first looked up the word's definition and among the result Will of the Wisp was included. I have a great fairy book to grab have reference from.