Sunday, October 31, 2021

Inktober 2021 - #25 to #31

Here's the week's Inktober 2021 drawings.   I have to say it was like pulling teeth to get throught this. month.

#25 - "Splat".

#26 - "Connect",  (For this I used an old Robot Sunday drawing, as I was short on time)

#27 - "Spark".

#28 - "Crispy".

#29 - "Patch".

#30 - "Slither".

#31 - "Risk",

I sort felt burn out by the last drawings, but I did finish.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Sunday Music Muse Day - Ralph Towner, Oregon with Ralph Towner.

This Sunday Music Muse day finds me enjoying a Raplgh Towner twin spin as my DJ friends say.  First it is Ralph Towner Time Line, another one of excellent solo session for ECM, released in 2006. I happy to say Towner is still performing, even now at the age of 81. I hope to see him again.

The second part of the Towner twin spin is Oregon Live at Yoshi's recorded in 2001. Of course, Oregon is the group he first came to fame with after meeting various members in the Paul Winter's Consort in the early 1970's. Oregon has been playing off and on since the '70's, with members coming and going, and new additions.  Their last recording as a group was 2017.

You can't have enough of Ralph Towner's music, he remains in a class by myself.

Inktober 2021 - #18 to 24

 Here's the next batch of drawings for Inktober 2021 prompts.

#18 - "Moon"

#19 - "Loop

#20 - "Sprout"

#21 - "Fuzzy"

#22 - "Open"

#23 - "Leak"

#24 - "Extinct"

One more week to go.  This Inktober has been a tough.

Sunday Music Muse Day - Mick Goodrick, John Scofield

This Sunday Music Muse Day finds us catching a break after several days of heavy rains, but the temperture has dropped, so there is hint of winter coming.  So to warm the soul, here's my first pick, Mick Goodrick Biorhythums. Goodrick is a well known jazz guitarist, who I first associate with his playing with vibrophonist Gary Burton groups. Like Burton, Goodrick was instructor at the famous Berklee School of Music in Boston and taught many famous guitarists, Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny. He has along career as leader and sideman, often playing with his fromer students. Biorhythms is his second offering as a leader, from 1990.

My second selection is John Scofield Shinola.  Scofield was also a student of Mick Goodrick.  The roster of talented musicians that passed throught Berklee ia truly amazing. This Scofield CD is nice trio set that I actully had on vinyl and couldn't resist picking it up again, as Scofield is one of my favorite guitarist. His playing has an certian edge to it as if he's about to lose control but manages to pull it together masterfully.

In spike of the cooler weather, I'm holding off racking leaves for a week or two, I much rather listen to some good jazz.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Inktober 2021 - #11 - 17

 Here's my Inktober 2021 sketches for last week,  #11 to 17.

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.