Sunday, May 21, 2023

Sunday Music Muse Day - Bill Frisell, Stan Getz

This Sunday Music Day sees two major local events coming to close. The Rochester Lilac Festival, and The PGA Tournament at the Oak Hill Country Club. We, wife, son and friends, took in the Lilac Festival last weekend, glad we did then yesterday was very rainy. I have no interest in the golf tournament, whatsoever, but happy for the interest it generates for the Rochester region.  My music selections this week leaves me with mixed feelings, also. First is Bill Frisell When You Wish Upon a Star, this is a CD of movie related tunes.  Frisell has done other CDs featuring movie themes including two "out there" ones with John Zorn, "Naked" and "The Big Gundown - John Zorn plays the music of Ennio Morricone".  I like the concept of When You Wish..., but the final product falls flat to me.  Bob Sneider & Joe Locke's two Film Noir Project CDs, "Fallen Angel" and "Nocturne for Ava" are much better.  Check those out when you can.  Still, I'll always take a chance on a Bill Frisell release.

Here are the covers of Bob Sneider & Joe Locke's Film Noir Project CDs.

Today's second selection is Stan Getz Reflection. Again, I like Stan Getz playing, and music, and readily admit I didn't iget nto his music until his Captain Marvel record, which I saw more as a pre-flight for Chick Corea's Return to Forever group.  Reflections has some classic and legendary players, but the 1963 arrangements sound very dated to me (I was 13 years old back then, so it wouldn't have been on my musical radar.  The strings and background vocals reminded me of 50's "cool, hip" (aka lame), bachelor pad movies. But, to each, his own. 

The weather here in Rochester has turned perfect, sunny and comfortable for those enjoying the last day of the Lilac Festival and PGA Tournament.  So, all's well, that ends well.

ExoSquad Blu-Ray - Complete Series

For one of my Hump Day: Odds & Ends. I broke down and brought a bootleg Blu-Ray of the complete ExoSquad series, seasons 1 & 2. Only the first season was released on DVD.  I have a bootleg CD-R discs of the whole series, but it is low quailty. I have to admit this guy did a nice job in the transfer and the packaging.  The art is from the cover of the the ExoSquad comic art by Michael Golden. The back label looks good but the credits are not to the ExoSquad, the type is too tiny to read anyway.  The Blu-Ray menu screen is passable.  It uses the second season opening as backdrop. Mainly, having this higher quality Blu-Ray of the complete series I can think getting rid of the Director VHS copies I have of the second season. That will help with my decuttering.

Wilson Burrow Sci-Fi Space Set Rockets - Intrism Level One Maze Puzzle

 For Hump Day: Odds & Ends.  I finally did another puzzle maze cube, from my backlog of wooden models.  On this  one I got to use this rare sci-fi rubber stamp set I bought in NYC back in the ‘80s, and haven’t seen another one since.  I’ll do a better video later.