This Sunday Music Muse Day find me just returning from a trip to Portland, Maine for a little R&R (rest and relaxation). I had hoped to scope out some CD/records stores in the area but only managed to visit one that didn't yield any great finds. So, a visit to one of my local favorite shops, Record Archives, proved more productive. First up is local talent Paul Hofman Topsy Turvy, with my friend Mike Melito on drums. Hofman actually states this 1999 release "Topsy Turvy is on several levels an extension of Mike's My Conception (1997). The studio is the same, the rhythm section is identical, and Grant Stewart (tenor saxophone) returns to play on a few tracks". It will be nice to play both CDs back to back. Topsy Turvy offer a nice showcase of Hofman's talent in separate settings of solo piano, duets (piano-drums, and piano-bass), trio (piano-bass-drums), and quartet (tenor saxophone-piano-bass-drums). Fans of Bop and Hard-Bop jazz will find plenty to like in the CD.
These selections will make for a pleasant afternoon of jazz listening.