Sunday, July 7, 2024

Sunday Music Muse Day - Astro Project, Pat Martino.

This Sunday Music Muse Day find Rochester, pleasant warm and sunny day, not boiling as my friend on the West Coast.  Having lived in LA,  I feel for them.  I'm enjoying the weather with two good musical selections.  First is Astral Project Elevado, a modern jazzy group that I was attraction the 7-electric guitar playing of Steve Masakowski.  I have several releases by the group, and is a nice set of original tunes members of the group. I hope to hear more.

Next, is the late, great jazz guitarist, Pat Martino Desperado.  This 1970 session was Martino's fifth release as a leader.  Most striking thing to me, is he's playing electronic 12-string guitar.  Pnly two other jazz players come to mind for using a 12-string and that John McLaughlin with the 12-string being on his famous double-neck guitar he used with Mahavishu Orchestra, and the other is Ralph Towner, although I think his was an acoustic 12-string with maybe an internal pickup. This definitely has a raw, early jazz fusion sound, like early Larry Coryell on his "Barefoot Boy" album.  It's great to listen to this for it's jazz guitar historical context.  It's always nice to find a gem like this that fills a gap in my Pat Martino collection.

So, if you're in the areas experiencing the blazing heat, stay cool, hydrated, and safe.   

Preview of Thundercats & Gargoyles game figure painting.

For Thundercats Tuesday (personal prompt), I starting to paint the Gargoyles & Thundercats game figures I have. These things are tiny.

 Watch for a more a detailed post, with video, soon.

Disney TV Gargoyles Postcards.

Oddly, I only have one of the cool Thomas Blackshear Gargoyles postcards, but a huge stack of the Season 1 postcards. People are selling season 1 cards on ebay for $5 ea. I'm thinking if I ever do a comic con table, I can give them away, or charge a small fee for an autographed one. LOL

JIm Steranko Comicscene and Mediascene Posted to Ebay.

 I'm finally trying to step up my decluttering effort, by offering these old copies of Jim Steranko Comicscene and Mediascene magazines up for auction on ebay.  It's time I passed them on to younger Steranko fans.

Check them out.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Ruby Tuesday - Joe Pearson Tuka's Oasis Cafe

For Ruby Tuesdays, here's a treat for Ruby, Galactic Gumshoe fans. My talented friend, Joe Pearson, shared a two-page B&W spread drawn by him. and inked the late Dave Simons for his comic book 'Fusion" from 1988, before I met Joe. I liked it, and added a touch of fun by using an app to add AI color (don't worry, I won't make a habit of doing that). Joe liked it, and hinted there's "Ruby" homages in the art. Sure enough, first there's name, "Tuka's Oasis Bar & Grill", or as "Tookah" to Ruby fan. Then there's Tookah, "the four tentacles, three eyes, a thin blue mustache, and a red faz, and toothy RoDANT Kapoor. Nice. Extra note for the Ruby fans, the comic's "Conceptual Editor - Lex Nakashima", had the media right to Ruby. He granted me permission to pitch Ruby as an animated series in the mid '90. The unsuccess effort became one of my Dime-A-Dozen Projects. I'll add a link n the comments) I added some images from the Fusion comic which features inking by the late Dave Simons, who was also a friend, and animation co-worker of mine on many shows. Be sure to check out Joe Pearson's War of the Worlds: Goliath FB group for a real treat.


Monday, July 1, 2024

Delayed Sunday Music Muse - Bob Sneider with Gunhild Carling.

Yesterday marked the end of the Rochester Jazz Festival, but really I couldn't present any CDs that would top this live performance by Bob Sneider with Gunhild Carling, in Syracuse.   Seeing is believing, so just enjoy.

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Sunday Music Muse Day - Steve Brown / Guillermo Bazzola, John Stein

The Sunday Music Muse Day marks the opening weekend of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. I'm looking forward to catching some of the performances.  In the meantime, here's two guitar offerings to act as a warm up.  First, John Stein Lifeline, a compilation of 20 + years of Stein's recordings. After buying my first John Stein CD back in 2019 , I wrote, "quick online search reveals he is a "Internationally renowned jazz guitarist... born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri USA ...His talent for and love of music ultimately earned him a faculty position at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he is a Professor in the Harmony Department.  John Stein is an experienced teacher, clinician, recording artist, and author. John has performed as a leader or a sideman with some of the world’s finest jazz acts, and his compositions and performances cover the spectrum of jazz styles."  He has 14 releases to his credit, still I've never come across him before. " Well, counting this 2 disc set I have sixof his CDs , and will continue to seek out more. His being a jazz guitar instructior and performer reminds me of my friend Bob Sneider, will be was busy this performing the RIJF, in several venue., including MC at the after hours jam seesion. Check the festival schedule to seek him out. Maybe someday, there's be a John Stein-Bob Sneider festival gig.

My second selection is semi-shot in the dark.  Steve Brown / Guillermo Bazzola - Jazz Guitar Duo, Una Penquena Alegria. Although, I do have another CD by Guillermo Bazzola I bought without hearing of him before. I sampled a cut at the Bop Shop Record store and thought was worth a try.  I did enjoy it, so this was also worth a chance.  Steve Brown was also another guitarist I wasn't familiar with, but this duo recording makes me want to hear more of his music.

Again, if you have a chance, go out and support our local jazz by attending a couple of the many performances of the RIJF.  There are always plenty of free events on Gibb Street, renames "Jazz Street", and at Parcel 5, across the Sibley Building on Main St.  See you there.

Monday, June 17, 2024

Sunday Music Muse Day (a day late due to Father Day)Joe Zawinul, Jan Garbarek

Here's my Sunday Muse Muse Day, delayed because of Father's Day).  First, I hope everyone had a good's Father's Day.  Let's start with maybe one of the father of Jazz Fusion, Joe Zawinul  Faces and Places.  This seems to be a Japanese Victor release. This is one of his many post-Weather Report recording, which are always interesting to come across. 


Next up is Jan Garbarek Eventyr, an 1981 ECM released with the late John Abercrombie on guitar, and Nana Vasconcelos on percussions.  Surprisingly, I never had this on Vinyl. I'm happy to add it o my ECM selections.

So, short post to catch up.  Again, I hope Father's Day was enjoyable for everyone.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Sunday Music Muse Day - Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti, & Charlie Haden - Magico, Larry Coryell

This Sunday Music Muse Day finds our local weather ranging from blueskies with bellowing white cloud to sinister dark clouds, to heavy down pours, or as we call it, typical Rochester weather, it changes by the minute. I'm finding comfort in listening to two enjoyable CD finds. First up, Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti and Charlie Haden - Magico - Carta de Amor.  It's a long title for a trio generally known a Magico, from the title of their first outing in 1980 with Charlie Haden credited as leader. I remember buying the album back then and remained a fan ever since. Carta de Amor was recorded live in Munchen, Germany, in April 1981.  The beauty of their music in timeless.  This two CD set has one of my favorite  Magico tune, "Palhaco", but there is only paid versions online from this CD set. I'm happy to say I got to see Egberto Gismonti in duet with Nana Vasconcelos, in the '80's in a Brazilian club/disco in NYC. I was attracted to Gismonti's playing of a 10-string classical guitar, and his amazing piano performances.  I think he single-handedly introduced me to another side of Brazilian music, besides bossa nova, coming from the region of Bahia, Brazil. Any Magico trio CD is worth giving a listen.

My second selection is actually a repeat posting, due to my being a visual person, in that I thought, by the cover, it was one I didn't have, but actually Larry Coryell Shining Hour is a CD I already have.  I'm glad I do,  because I find the 32 Jazz release cover info to be totally lacking, just stating the band personal, and the song titles, but not tunes authors, or even the recording date info.  This is a nice straight ahead jazz session for Coryell and company to shine, recorded in 1999 at the Van Gelder Recording Studio, with the legendary Rudy Van Gelder, engineering. It doesn't get better than that.

Here's the original CD Cover.

As The rain continues, on and off. I'm happy to be indoors and listening to these tunes.  Enjoy.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Exiled - Wesley Snipes - Kickstarter.

The delay satisfaction of receiving a Kickstarter project supported during Covid has arrived. Wesley Snipes" Exiled. Really, it was the action figure statue that sealed the deal. I may have to paint it, at some point.

I can't wait to dive into these goodies.