Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday Music Muse Day - Steve Khan, David Ashkenazy with Gilad Hekselman

This Sunday Music Muse Day finds us having a much needed rainy day. Our lawn are turning green and the trees are budding new leaves.  A great time to settle in with my first selection Steve Khan Pathwork. This CD continues the fusion guitar exploration of Latin/Afro Cuban rhythms he started back in the 1980s with his Eyewitness bands (with the cool cover art by Folon). This an excellent CD that will have tapping your feet and bobbing to the infectious Latin/Afro Cuban beats.

My second selection is a David Ashkenazy Out with It.  This drummer is new to me and I admit I picked up the CD because I have CDs of the guitar Gilad Hekselman. This CD offer a nice selection of well played tunes, a mix from Wayne Shorter, Bill Frisell, a Beatles' tune, and originals by the leader Ashkenazy.  I think of these players as part of the post-McLaughlin/Coryell/Metheny generation.  Well worth a listen.

So, as the saying goes, "April shower, brings May flowers", lets enjoy the rain and some good music, knowing bright days are ahead.  

Conan vinyl album

Here's rare oddity for you, a Conan Album. I couldn't resist it being a Conan fan, although the Tim Conrad art doesn't scream "Conan" to me. I see a little hint of Barry Windsor-Smith in the figure. Actually, the album started as pitch for Conan audio book or radio series. Marvel's Roy Thomas was involved. Also, it was recorded at ZBS Media, the recording studio of ZBS Foundation who produce the Ruby, Galactic Gumshoe, and other audio adventure series.

I was looking for vinyl record of the missing sound track for one of my filmstrips but find instead, so my trip to the Bop Shop Records wasn't a waste.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday Music Day - Clay Jenkins, Gene Bertoncini, Ike Strum, and Redman, Mehldau, McBride, Blade

This Sunday Music Muse Day finds us celebrating Easter Sunday with family on bright sunny afternoon.  It also a good time to enjoy some good tunes from two groups of musicians who it seems couldn't come up with a group name.  First up is Clay Jenkins Gene Bertoncini Ike Sturm Joy, a trumpet, guitar, bass trio. Trumpeter Clay Jenkins is a member to Trio East with drummer Rich Thompson. I've seen Trio East often, and look forward to seeing them again, soon. The wonderful session is collections of well known tunes and an original by Jenkins, and guitarist Gene Bertoncini.  Worth a listen.

My second selection is Redman Mehldau Mcbride Blade - RoundAgain, as in Joshua Redman saxophones, Brad Mehldau piano, Christen McBride bass, and and Brian Blades drums. This is killer CD that the tune Floppy Diss is getting major air play on Jazz 90.1.  Again, well worth a listen.

It is Easter Day, so I  keeping this short and sweet.  Enjoy.