Sunday, January 29, 2023

Sunday Music Muse Day - Larry Young

After a two week from a regular Sunday Music Muse Day post, let get back in the groove in two selections from swinging jazz organist, the late Larry Young.    First up, The Larry Young Trio Testifying. an 1960 recording for Prestige Records engineered by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder.  Although, I first heard of Larry Young connection to the pioneering Jazz fusion recording Tony Williams Lifetime, with the drummer and guitarist John McLaughlin, eventually I got to discover his music as a leader in the 60s. This some classic stuff, well worth a listen.

My secod selection, The Art of Larry Young is Blue Note release of a compilation producer by Michael Cuscuna.  Recorded at the Van Gelder studio. The liner notes mention Young joined Lifetime soon after his final Blue Note sessions.  Playing with Lifetime led to playing with Mile Davis on the groundbreaking Bitches Brew sessions.  There is a lot of jazz history in this CD.

So, happy Sunday Music Muse Day, let's keep swinging.

Kirby is ….Mighty over size book

 For my Wednesdays Hump Day:  Odds & Ends, here’s a cool find at the Ollie’s Discount Store, this  massive Marvel Kirby is…MIGHTY! Thor book.  It is the same size as the Artist’s Editions from IDW. You can see the size comparison to a regular comic book.  I paid $29.99 for this $100, 350 page book.  The best thing is I have several of the original Thor comics featuring the stories. 

Any time I can find a bargain like this I just have to jump on it.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Sunday Music Muse Day - Happy New Year 2023 - Vince Guaraldi Trio, Tony (Anthony) Williams

This Sunday Music Muse Day marks the start of the New Year, 2023.  I'm hoping everyone had a wonderful, and peaceful holiday with friends and family. My first music is a musician you heard during the Christmas season, Vince Guaraldi from the music of A Charlie Brown Christmas TV special fame. Vince Guaraldi Trio is a CD of the album he recorded in 1956, about ten years before the Charlie Brown special aired. You can feel some of the same laid back elegance of his music in this trio recording.  I'm glad I found it. It will be fun to enjoy it all year round. 

My second selection is Tony Williams Spring, a CD re-release of the late drummer's second album under the name "Anthony Williams", which may have been an attempt to make the 19-year-old, at the time, seem older. Of course, Tony went on to a long and illustrious career as a pioneering jazz drummer, best known for his time with Miles Davis.  Two of his future Miles bandmates, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, are sidemen on the recording.  The original compositions border on free jazz and offer hints to the music of the Lifetime group he later formed with guitarist John McLaughlin and organist Larry Young (and later bassist Jack Bruce of Cream fame).

Again, here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year.