Sunday, October 10, 2021

Sunday Music Muse Day - Jim Hall & Ron Carter, Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, and Paul Motian

We had nice weather this Sunday Music Muse Day, made more enjoyable with a short to the Brighton Farmer's market to catch part of the jazz music set by friends, Bob Snieder and Mike Melito, with Jimmy Highsmith, a local saxophonist. We hadn't seen Bob and Mike in over year.  Lisa and I picked some lunch from food truck to take back home. At home, I played today's selections, a sort of double play with Ron Carter in common, while I worked on my Inktober drawing for today.  First up, Jim Hall and Ron Carter Duo Alone Together.  This is just a classic 1973 Milesstone Records released album that should be in any jazz lover's collection. I never owned the original vinyl record, but remember taking it out of the Lincoln Center Music Library in NYC. I'm not sure I appreicated the quiet beauty of it in my mid-twenty, my Jazz Fusion period.  I'm happy to enjoy it now, helped by listening to the music of Bob and Mike.

My next selction, Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian, is trio session from 2006. Again, there is an enjoyable mix of what I call "Jazz Americana" in Bill Frisell music, that is just a pleasure to listen to and enjoy. The playing of veterans Ron Carter on bass, and Paul Motian on drums, make this a outstanding CD.

All in all a great day. 

Inktober 2021 # 1 to #10

 Again I committed myself to do the Inktober sketch challenge, where you do a daily ink drawing from a list of work prompts.  I haven't pickd up a pencil in months, so there no promise of great drawings, but I like to at least give t a try. I have to remind myself it's not about doing a great drawing everyday, just do it at all.

# 1 - "Crystal" - A tribute to Jack Kirby with Crystal from the Inhumans, holding a crystal. Weak visual pun.

#2 - "Suit" and #3 - "vessel"  When I fell behind I have combine prompts on one drawing.

#4 - Knot" and #5 - "Raven.  I slip a day behind, so I combine prompts, again. It's allowed

#6 - "Spirit" - Tribute (with apologies) to Will Eisner

#7 "Fan". Another quick sketch. This actually has a story behind it. It is a nod to a Disney Gargoyles episode I directed, "Bushido", one of the World Tour shows. In the climax the Gargoyles fight an evil samurai, but the execs forbid sword fighting. The writer wrote that the samuari had hand pads that emitted electro shocks. I changed that to Japanese fans that emitted energy bolts and shocks, like fans used in Kubuki theater. Happy to say it came out pretty good.

#8 - "Watch".

#9 - "Pressure".

#10 - "Pick".

Ten down twenty days to go.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sunday Music Muse Day - Bill Frisell, John Abercrombie

This Sunday Music Muse Day is a special one as it's my 29th wedding anniversay, which we'll be having a family combined celebration of our three September birthdays and our anniversay.  I'll be enjoying the music starting with  Bill Frisell Guitar in the Space Age. This eclectic collection of tunes many popular from the 50's and 60's start of the great space race.  Frisell gives them his unique spin, making for a fun experince.  Plus, the CD has a great cover.

My second choice is John Abercrombie Night, CD of a favorite ECM album of mine, I don't regret buying it again, as I sold all my vinyl record.  Abercrombie, like Frisell, offer a wide range of playing style from introspective themes to blister sonic outbursts, but always with taste and intellegence.

Fall is in the air, and we're having a outdoor get together around the firepit, to count our blessing as family.  Enjoy. 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sunday Music Muse - Duke Ellington, Giscomo Gates, September Jazz Birthdays

I glad to be relaxed enough to post a Sunday Music Muse Day for September. I've been dealing is a several Covid breakthrough cases in our family. I'm happy to say all is well. So, lets dive in with my first selection, Duke Ellington's Violin Session. This CD release of one of my favorite Ellington albums, not just because my father, Sam Woodyard plays the drums on it, but I enjoy Ellington's small group recording for their intimacy. The original vinyl album is one the few I kept after selling my vinyl record collection this pass spring. Actually the CD does a poor job of listng the personal credits, so I'll add the album's credits in this most.

My second selection is Giacomo Gates Everything is Cool.  I generally don't go for jazz vocalists, but something about Giacomo's style won me over, with the song "Full of Myself", a bonus track on his Luminosity CD. And he also does Hendrix's tune "Up from the Skies" on that CD.  Giacomo has layback beat poet feel to me. Lisa and I saw him perform live that Srathallan hotel bar lounge performing tunes from the Luminosity, in fact I bought the CD from him there.  Years laterly my drummer friend Mike Melito told me he was playing on that gig.  So, now I have a stronger connection the Giacomo and his music.  Everything is Cool sort sum up it up.

Being I celebrated a birthday in September, I'd like to repost my Jazzy Birthday song to honor September Jazz birthdays.   Jazz Birthday is a tune, written in 1978, with the original title "More or Les". The "Les" in the title refers to a old friend of Les Bernstein, not Les Paul the great guitar player, and father (inventor) of the solid body electric guitar, although it could, also. This new version was made with my vocals (with jazz singer Giacomo Gates as my inspiration). Actually, it was the first lyrics (and last) I've wrote since the 1980's.

So, stay safe, get vaccinated, and wear a mask when you need to. Peace.

Jack Kirby - Absolute Forth World

I recieved the Jack Kirby Jimmy Olson and New Gods collection books from a friend for my birthday , but I couldn't resist this oversided Jack Kirby Absolute Fourth World, vol.1 of 2, the second to be released in Dec. 2021. The Absolute volume present the the Forth World saga in order across all the titles. (Books are becoming my exception to my decluttering effort. Plus it was a birthday present to myself)

Here's the comparison of the printing and coloring. 

The second volume is scheduled for December 2021 release.  it will definitely be on my Christmas gift list.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Sunday Music Muse Day - Chick Corea, Al Di Meola

On this Sunday Music Muse Day, Lisa and I just returned from a daytrip to Letchworth State Park.  Returning I have time to enjoy some CDs from what seems like old musical friends.  First up is The Chick Corea New Trio.  This 2001 release follows the late jazz legend's Origins group, which featured a sextet and larger array of instruments, including saxphones, flute, trombone, and clarinet.   The New Trio pares it down to just the piano, bass and drums, which Chick wrote, "is the heart and soul of th jazz sound". Whatever, the context Chick musical genius is alway apparent.  The packaging on this CD is very artful, too. Right down to the CD itself.

Next is Al Di Meola Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody.  Of course, Al Di Meola came to fame as a guitarist of Chick Corea's Return to Forever, the pioneering jazz fusion band of the 1970s.  After leaving RTF and pursuiting his solo career Di Meola explored his love of Mediterranean music, and that is evident in this CD.  In many ways I prefer Di Meola post-RTF music more.This CD also has some stylist packaging.

As I said since I first heard these artists in the 1970s, they seem like old friends, and nothing warms the heart more than old friends. Enjoy

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Alien toys

 I couldn't resist these Alien figures at the Ollie's discount store.  They don't take up much shelf space, right?

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Sunday Music Muse Day - Alice Coltrane, Scolohofo ( SCofield LOvano HOlland FOster)

This Sunday Music Muse Day find us experiencing a very peasant weather day after several days of high temps and humidity. But the news out of Afghanistan adds a heaviness to the day.  Some how my first selection compliments the news.  Alice Coltrane Ptah, The El Daoud, the classic Impluse record.  Maybe it's just the Egyptian scarb imagery on the album cover reminds me of the Middle East.  The classic tune Blue Nile is a must.  It's well known Alice Coltrane is the wife of the legendary John Coltrane, but Alice gained fame and recognition on her own musical merits, most notably for her use ot the harp in jazz.

My second selection Scolohofo oh! is a group named for first letters of last name of it's members.  John SCOfield, Joe LOvano, Dave HOlland, and Alex FOster. Their Post-Bop (hard Bop ?) music can be driving and mellow with an edge to it.  It fits the mood of the day, too.

There is bound to be a lot of reflection on the Afghan situation, that is way beyond my grasp.  All we can hope is a evenual peaceful outcome for the people of Afghanistan, and a better future.