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bevCyclone
Feb 07 2011
at 3:01 PM
What music are you listening to now?
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naut
May 25 2018
at 8:48 AM
Bookmark and Share Those are both great albums, Bob. And your comments got me to go back and re-listen to both of them. I’m listening to "Aborescence" at the moment, which is another Parks beauty. Great heads-up, pardner!
BobSmith1
May 24 2018
at 5:51 PM
Bookmark and Share Aaron Parks/Ben Street/Billy Hart: "Find the Way" and Kristjan Randalu: "Absence" w/ Ben Monder and Markku Ounaskari. On ECM both. Sonically stunning and beautifully played, composed and produced. Much of the stuff coming out of ECM lately is really worth checking out. These two records are reminiscent to me of the early 80’s ECM recordings; a kind of resonating quietude.
molesoulsandal
May 22 2018
at 7:53 AM
Bookmark and Share on the utuber, there’s a guy named benoit suave and he plays recorder . . . . . he has transcribed pat solos from ’third wind’ & ’have you heard’, and it’s pretty stunning to hear PM’s stuff played on a simple recorder . . . . . . many of ya’ll may have already heard this fellow, as i think i first heard about him on this site . . . . . . whatever the case, it’s worth checking out - big fun!
molesoulsandal
May 20 2018
at 7:40 AM
Bookmark and Share hey bsl8081 - in case you dunno, there’s also a DVD of a live gig of the parallel realities group, and it’s also incredibly & stupendously great, as ya might expect.
bsl8081
May 19 2018
at 7:26 PM
Bookmark and Share Jack DeJohnette’s Parallel Realities. Saw this quartet by chance in NYC in 91. Blew my friggin mind !
foxesfred
May 19 2018
at 2:25 PM
Bookmark and Share Seymour Reads the Constitution-Brad Melhdau Trio. Ballard and Grenadier are beasts!
patsfan
May 19 2018
at 12:15 AM
Bookmark and Share Christian McBride’s album ’Out Here’. ... specifically a couple of historical tunes, ’ Who’s Making Love’. ... an adaptation of the wild Johnathan Taylor’s rap from the late 60’s ... and I love the way Christian Sands does the piano and then Christian enhances the song by doing his great vocals ’ shake your booty, at the disco ’. Etc etc. Great ! And of course their beautiful rendition of ’ My Favorite Things’. ( Hammerstein). Really appreciate it because I was there up front in Yoshi’s Jazz Club sucking it all in ..
naut
May 17 2018
at 9:49 PM
Bookmark and Share Wow, this "Océanos" is tremendous! Thanks for the heads-up reminder, mole. I read somewhere that Simon said minimalism, in particular Reich, has had a pronounced influence on his music. You can really hear it on this record, and on the new one, too. The last couple of minutes of "We Dream Oceans" reminds me of a groove that Pat did somewhere, although I can’t put my finger on just what, at the moment. "Govinda" is such a pretty little ballad as well.
molesoulsandal
May 17 2018
at 5:12 PM
Bookmark and Share naut - i sought out ’sorrows & triumphs’ yesterday and love it! ~ as far as talking w/lois metheny, i just looked her up in the lee’s summit phone book about 25 years ago & rang her up . . . . she could not have been lovelier . . . . . i think we yakked for about 2 hours, or so, and as i may have mentioned, she said that lots of pat/mike fans called her all the time . . . . she said that never tired of talking about her talented sons.
naut
May 17 2018
at 3:44 PM
Bookmark and Share mole, that’s another thing I love about this subject, and others, such as your recent "favorite pat ’solos’": they usually get me to listen, or re-listen, to tunes I haven’t heard in a while, if ever. I just dug out "Oceanos" and will put it on when my fifth or sixth listen to "Sorrows & Triumphs" is done spinning. -- And as aside: If you ever care to share your story about how you ended up talking with Pat’s mom once upon a time, I’d love to hear it.
molesoulsandal
May 17 2018
at 8:20 AM
Bookmark and Share naut - as you prolly know, the edward simon-dave binney record called ’oceanos’ is also really super dupe . . . . pretty much the same suspects, i.e., blade, adam rogers, colley, but luciana souza rather than gretchen . . . . wonderful album - those folks invariably blow out the walls . . . . round here, we always look forward to anything that comes from that camp!
naut
May 16 2018
at 9:29 PM
Bookmark and Share Thanks for the rec on Vitchev, bhp. I’ll check out his double disc, "In Search of Wonders," which should be a good introduction to this artist I didn’t know till your mention. -- Recently listening to Edward Simon’s new record, "Sorrows & Triumphs." The cast of giants with him include David Binney, Scott Colley, Brian Blade, Adam Rogers, & Gretchen Parlato. Very nice album.
bhp6021
May 16 2018
at 1:11 PM
Bookmark and Share Hristo Vitchev Quartet "Of Light and Shadows". Great guitar, piano, bass, drums quartet. I suppose early PMG or Abercrombie Quartet from the early ’80’s would be possible comparisons, but they have their own sound different from either of those two, but with possible influences. Also, "In Search of Wonders" by same band. Worth checking out.
AB35
May 13 2018
at 5:47 PM
Bookmark and Share Recently purchased the Pat Metheny Real Book to have a closer look at the chords of his classic tunes - and Mas Alla is the one I’ve spent the most time on. Pedro’s voice perfectly suits the melody, a melody which beautifully follows the simple but rich chord progression of that tune. A magic composition and performance that has clearly passed the test of time.
molesoulsandal
May 12 2018
at 2:17 PM
Bookmark and Share mas alla - what a song! have always looooved the way that pat plays ’accompanying guitar’ . . . . . his playing on the joni mitchell ’shadows & light’ live record is for the ages . . . . his in-the-background (so to speak) playing on songs like ’edith & the kingpin’ and ’amelia’ are achingly butiful . . . . . . and the way he ’accompanies’ on ’mas alla’ has always just wrecked me, to be right up front about it - haha!! ~ maybe my two favorite things about pat metheny is, number one: that he says that if you’re the best musician in the band that you’re playing in, then you should leave that band . . . . . and number two: that the guitar, or saxophone, or piano, or drums, or whatever instrument it is, is merely a ’translation device’ (i think he may have heard ornette say that, but am not sure) . . . . . . that it really doesn’t matter if someone is a ’hot guitar player’, or whatever - that it’s just a translation device . . . . . . a typewriter for the soul, eh?
yossarian
May 12 2018
at 10:02 AM
Bookmark and Share Recently Every version of Mas Alla by Pat Metheny I can find on Youtube and anywhere else. Pedro. Magnificent. Clark Sisters... best gospel music I’ve heard, incredible. Marcus Roberts - some great live recordings I’ve been introduced to. Must see him.
naut
May 11 2018
at 11:53 AM
Bookmark and Share "A Map of the World" My copy signed by both Pat and Jane Hamilton. Excellent novel, too!
molesoulsandal
May 10 2018
at 1:24 PM
Bookmark and Share footnote to the previous mention of rosenwinkel/caipi: a person called ian salmon recently wrote: ’i find his ’caipi’ project to be achingly beautiful. it takes me back to that ’heartcore’ atmosphere’ . . . . . boy, is that hitting the nail on the head! . . . . rarely would i drudge up & pass along such superlative phrasing, but that record is just exactly what the planet needs to be ingesting at the present speck. ~ thanks, KR & Co.
molesoulsandal
May 10 2018
at 7:51 AM
Bookmark and Share the mathias eick record called ’ravensburg’ is knocking it outta the park around here lately . . . . am looking forward to checking out his album called ’midwest’ . . . . . have also been revisiting kurt rosenwinkel’s stunner of an album called ’heartcore’, not to mention his equally stunning new one called ’caipi’ . . . . kurt’s quite the deal!!
foxesfred
May 09 2018
at 11:27 PM
Bookmark and Share Thanks guys!! This Gary Thomas recording is tremendous! Next I’m going to give the Tony Williams one a spin.
naut
May 06 2018
at 9:33 PM
Bookmark and Share Listening to Pat’s blistering synth solo on "You Don’t Know What Love Is" on the album currently under discussion.
molesoulsandal
May 06 2018
at 2:18 PM
Bookmark and Share another note about the gary thomas record . . . . . they do a blazing version of j.j. johnson’s ’lament’, and for all those non-listening dweebs out there that have always claimed that pat doesn’t ’play the blues’, they need to listen to this and git their shit straight! . . . . . . . it’s a psychedelic-ornette laced blues schmeer for the ages! just riotous in it’s abandon, and it’s, yes, ’feeling’ . . . . .
molesoulsandal
May 06 2018
at 1:46 PM
Bookmark and Share actually listened to ’wilderness’ about 2 weeks ago . . . . hadn’t heard it in quite a while . . . . . great record! some of tony’s writing on that album is just gargantuan . . . . . . . . that same day i also pulled out that great gary thomas album called ’til we have faces’ . . . . . some super pat on that, and also terri lynne carrington on drums . . . . it’s hard to believe that record was released in ’92 - it still sounds quite current!
bsl8081
May 06 2018
at 10:45 AM
Bookmark and Share Tony Williams “Wilderness “ First listen in quite a while. Great record! Pat, MB, Herbie, Stanley Clarke !!
harn
May 05 2018
at 12:13 PM
Bookmark and Share Nik Bartsch’s Ronin “Awase” Kristjan Randalu “Absence” Both new on ECM
carlosrubio.79
May 03 2018
at 8:08 PM
Bookmark and Share Ecm récords love it...
hman01
May 03 2018
at 9:31 AM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal-Yeah, I gotta go back even further and check out the New Grass Revival!
molesoulsandal
May 03 2018
at 5:14 AM
Bookmark and Share just heard ’the astounding eyes of rita’ yesterday for the first time and couldn’t agree more sunship - it’s a great record!
molesoulsandal
May 02 2018
at 2:07 PM
Bookmark and Share got to see bela fleck as a member of the ’new grass revival’, opening for nanci griffith in 1985 . . . . the interplay among the entire group, but especially bela and sam bush was something to behold. what a night, as they say!! ~ also think it’s great that he & chick do stuff together, too.
sunship
May 02 2018
at 2:04 PM
Bookmark and Share Anouar Brahem - "The Astounding Eyes of Rita" This guy transcends language / culture. The Oud is a wonderful instrument. I recommend exploring his catalog.
hman01
May 02 2018
at 8:39 AM
Bookmark and Share Listening to a lot of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. All the way from the beginning. Also "Tales from The Acoustic Planet" 1,2 & 3. So much great music. Makes me happy!
BobSmith1
Apr 30 2018
at 10:22 AM
Bookmark and Share patsfan--Recently discovered Fagen’s "Morph the Cat" (from 2006) . This record reminds me of Nightfly in so many ways. "The Night Belongs to Mona"--there’s one that gets stuck in your head (musically and lyrically), but every song a gem and absolutely beautiful sound. If you have Tidal HiFi subscription there’s a Masters (MQA) version and it’s a real treat for the ears.
patsfan
Apr 29 2018
at 12:44 AM
Bookmark and Share Steely Dan. .... I must say the greatest lyrics in jazz belong to Donald Fagan !! For instance, The Nigthfly for example , just the most imaginative, vivid if not unpredictable lyrics bring up vivid scenes, whether flying from New York to Paris ( 3 hrs) or listening to WJAZ or partying behind the casino.. Anyways, Donald is in Mountain View soon, may pay him a visit.
naut
Apr 28 2018
at 3:11 AM
Bookmark and Share Think I’ll go listen to another one of his terrific, "deep cuts," as you put it, mole: "Home by Another Way," one of JT’s tunes I absolutely adore. So subversive, and so true!
molesoulsandal
Apr 27 2018
at 5:19 PM
Bookmark and Share yah naut, that’s super - i didn’t know if anyone out there remembers james’ ’migration’ tune . . . . . he’s got quite a few of what they call ’deep cuts’ (an understatement!) . . . . . some others that i love are ’i will follow’, ’let it all fall down’, and ’daddy’s baby’ . . . . . i could go on and on and on - haha! as i am sure that everyone knows, down thru the ages, whenever pat is asked who his ’favorite’ guitar players are, he invariably includes JT . . . . . no wonder ’james’ is such a killer song, eh? ha again!
naut
Apr 26 2018
at 6:27 PM
Bookmark and Share I hear ya, mole; I hear ya. You’re so right about many things. I still recall my delight and surprise when you quoted James not long ago: "Distant hands in foreign lands are turning hidden wheels, causing things to come about which no one seems to feel." Damn shame that those "hidden wheels" are not always turned by "distant hands," but often by the corrupt swamp in the homeland, directed and led by the grisly gator at the top of the muck. -- Listening to side two of "Travels" now. Love it, from first track to last. -- sunship, I sampled Logan’s new album a week ago or so. Talk about a record with tons of different styles. That one has something varied from track to track, for sure.
sunship
Apr 26 2018
at 3:53 PM
Bookmark and Share Logan Richardson - "Blues People" Its brand new, and its hot! Go listen now!
molesoulsandal
Apr 26 2018
at 2:28 PM
Bookmark and Share hey naut - loooove ’question & answer’ and ’rejoicing’!! . . . . . . . sometimes ’rejoicing’ gets a ’bad rap’ (even from pat himself), but i like it lots . . . . . as for the ’imitation’ thing, we are all ’influenced’, and that is certainly necessary, even mandatory, but i’m just yakkin’ about ’making a lifetime, or career, of basically copying others’, that’s all i’m saying & perhaps grumbling some about . . . . . in this ’thing’ that we all seem to deal in, ’creative music’, or ’improvised music’, whatever, the mark of the master, as we know, is always: the ’individuality’ . . . . . otherwise, we might as well go to vegas and play in wayne newton’s band - haha! ~ that’s all i’m goin’ on about, naut - i think if one is to participate in this music, this particular ’beauty genre’, that we must be brave and open-hearted, with nothing hidden away, and no fear flags flying. like i say, otherwise why do it at all? like malaga pablo said: ’it takes a long time to become young’.
hman01
Apr 26 2018
at 9:21 AM
Bookmark and Share Sometimes I do a mean guitar strum on a D chord. I sound just like Pat!
naut
Apr 26 2018
at 8:11 AM
Bookmark and Share mole, I’ve read your words and I respect your opinions, even if I don’t fully agree with some of your conclusions--many of which are valid, and others might perhaps need a little more amplification for me to see fully where you’re coming from. The history of jazz seems, to me, to be a reflection of the grand experiment in both imitation and improvisation, both generationally and contemporaneously on the bandstand. Satchmo expanded on what Buddy Bolden had to say, and many later trumpet players augmented Armstrong’s playing. And Miles...well, Miles had his legion of "imitators." Fats led to Tatum and Powell (Monk was so weird and individual that he was perhaps outside of such lineage), and later, Chick and Herbie. Wes and Hall, via Christian and Reinhardt, influenced Pat, among countless others. Prez, Hawk, Webster and Bird fed into what Trane, Coleman, Shorter and even Charlie Rouse brought to the table. No need to go into other numerous examples of this kind of influence, since I’m not scholar enough on the subject to do it justice anyway. These players weren’t so much hiding, as finding their own voice inside the tradition, and building on their ancestors. On the whole, I’ve no intention of trying to undermine your comments, just laying a little of my own jive on the line. BTW, been listening to two earlier trio records: Rejoicing & Question and Answer. I don’t shuffle discs very often, but those glorious albums are ideal for a little random playing every now and then.
molesoulsandal
Apr 25 2018
at 1:58 PM
Bookmark and Share naut - certainly, altho many of those old cliches are inaccurate in different ways - a stitch in time notwithstanding, ’imitation’ is also sometimes the sincerest form of ’hiding’ . . . . . some say that that’s what peoples are now ’trained’, or conditioned, to do concerning dealing with ’love in the modern world’ (a great k. rosenwinkel title, btw, and a stunner of a piece, for all who’s interested), is just to not deal at all . . . . . and to stay hidden away, at all times, (mostly behind these screens), and be very smug about all of it. proud to be ’checked out’. actually believing that it’s some manner of ’accomplishment’ . . . . . . at any rate, i just think that music is one ’arena’ where i don’t ever want to have to deal with ’hiding’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . open . . . . . . . . . pretty scattered . . . . . . . . . . half life of absolution . . . . . . . . . . . slip away . . . . . . . . . . dismantling utopia . . . . . . . . . . . . the bat.
naut
Apr 25 2018
at 8:54 AM
Bookmark and Share I agree with much of what you say, mole. However, as the old and somewhat sourceless saying goes: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." ;)
molesoulsandal
Apr 24 2018
at 2:48 PM
Bookmark and Share naut - thanks for the referral about the ratko zjaca stuff . . . . . i just now heard a ’live’ piece w/miroslav playing bass and a studio thing w/antonio on drums . . . . pretty great, altho i always wonder about these good & heartfelt folks (adam rodgers is one of these, too) who can’t help but try to emulate pat, and to a lesser degree, abercrombie, and altho they are startlingly great musicians, they don’t seem to be able to truly ’soar’ and ’abandon’ and ’drive’ and to basically freely ’express what it’s like to be human on the planet’ like the originals, whether it be pat or kurt rosenwinkel (he’s getting a lot of ’imitators’ lately) or JA or frisell, or whoever . . . . . i suppose i’ve just never been able to comprehend this idea about ’playing & sounding like someone else’ - i don’t get it. it’s seems to display such a lack of self-confidence . . . . i mean it’s not like these guys are just ’average’ players or anything - as we know, they are ’monsters’ in their own rights, but somehow, they invariably find it necessary to fall back on trying to play and sound like their heroes. nevertheless, i really liked the ratko stuff that i heard . . . . i’d just like to hear more of his own personal ’insides’ . . . . . .
naut
Apr 23 2018
at 5:01 PM
Bookmark and Share Ratko Zjaca, "Continental Talk." Do you any of you know this guitarist? Word is he took master classes from Pat and John Abercrombie, among others. I can hear a whole lot of Pat in his playing, which means he’s damn good. This record has Patitucci, Gadd, Randy Brecker, and Stanislav Mitrovic on saxes. Great stuff.
molesoulsandal
Apr 19 2018
at 2:16 PM
Bookmark and Share brian blade - ’mama rosa’
Chris Digger
Apr 18 2018
at 6:26 PM
Bookmark and Share SNARKY PUPPY - World Tour 2015: 32-Disc-Box-Set! Wow!!!
naut
Apr 11 2018
at 7:04 PM
Bookmark and Share Bright Size Life
mugsy
Apr 11 2018
at 6:09 PM
Bookmark and Share Just picked up Antonio’s new CD: Channels of Energy. Big band sound with Vince Mendoza and his WDR Big Band. It is pretty intense - the last song (Channels of Energy) is worth the price of the CD. Antonio has a long solo and he rips into it like there is no tomorrow.
BobSmith1
Apr 11 2018
at 12:33 PM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal--Love "Heresay"--have had it since it came out back in the vinyl days and has been a favorite of mine ever since. Every single song on the record is a sort of singular joy of discovery. Sojourner (nice Rodby transition solo w/Lande), Kinesphere, Tail Wind (you mentioned Kujala--his sound jumps to mind when I hear this one!), Eyebright...and the rest...wow ! Paul’s use of wind controller and synths is very organic and IMO he really owns the electronic wind stuff like no one else. And he took it to the next level on "Premonition". But yeah, English horn, one of the greats! Also, can’t say enough about Rodby on this record. You really get to hear Steve’s unique ability to "glue" the rhythm and melody together and create a sort of continuity of a tune’s flow. Don’t know how else to describe it... but he does it like no one else. I almost think of this as a Rodby album too. . Bottom line is everyone knocks it out of the park on this record and it withstands decades of listening as I can attest to. Re David Crosby, If you haven’t already, check out "Croz". I discovered it purely by chance listening to a Tidal CSN playlist. This is a guy with no flies on him and my immediate reaction was that it reminded me a bit of Michael Hedges "Watching My Life Go By" but it’s so unique and varied, it’s kind of hard to describe. David Crosby’s voice, as you say, is arresting in its impact and immediacy and no more so than on this record.
hman01
Apr 11 2018
at 9:18 AM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandle-Ditto on everything you said about Paul McCandless and "heresay". I bought the CD years ago and it has remained as one of my favorites. Not to mention numerous others that he plays on.
franksexton
Apr 11 2018
at 8:29 AM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal, that is very interesting. Paul has a unique sound that when you hear him you know it’s him.
molesoulsandal
Apr 08 2018
at 2:33 PM
Bookmark and Share am listening to a paul mccandless record called - ’heresay’ . . . . . . . had never heard of it before (unfortunately, it’s out of print, but the youtube has the full album, in it’s entirety) . . . . . . . my goodness, it has art lande on piano and steve rodby playing gorgeous bass, and paul’s writing is top drawer, as ever . . . . . have always thought that paul’s sound on english horn, that horn in particular, was akin to coltrane on tenor or steve kujala on flute, or alice babs’ voice, in it’s singularity of purpose . . . . writer/trombonist mike zwerin referred to it as ’the cry’ . . . . he said that folks like miles & willie nelson & louis armstrong & patsy cline & bird & trane & billie & so many others all had ’the cry’ . . . . and that’s what i hear when i hear paul mccandless play english horn . . . . . it’s that sort of thing where it’s just soooooo ’in tune’ and ’on pitch’ thatcha almost can’t stand it anymore (just kidding) . . . . david crosby’s voice is like that, and streisand too . . . achingly in tune.
tilbanup
Apr 08 2018
at 8:58 AM
Bookmark and Share Richard Galliano, The New Musette, always been a sucker for that French Jazz waltz stuff. Also beautiful ballads as well. Great guitar work from Sylvain Luc on there as well. Who would have thought I was into squeeze box music after all these years of just turning off at the mention of it. Some very lilting stuff on there.
molesoulsandal
Apr 07 2018
at 1:49 PM
Bookmark and Share maia sharp - ’red dress’, ’kinder blues’, and ’lightning’ . . . . . . . . . a trio of great songs, they.
Oystein
Apr 07 2018
at 7:04 AM
Bookmark and Share Just picked up Jeff Beck - Live in Hollywood Bowl 2017. The man is still sounding fresh at the age of 70 +.... ... and Marutyri - Creation of the Invisible.
molesoulsandal
Apr 05 2018
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Bookmark and Share hermeto pascoal - viajando com o som . . . . from ’76, recently released . . . .
naut
Apr 04 2018
at 9:17 PM
Bookmark and Share Ella Fitzgerald - "Too Marvelous for Words"
molesoulsandal
Apr 03 2018
at 7:58 AM
Bookmark and Share pat metheny - ’a map of the world’ . . . . great record to wake up to in the morning . . . . or any time o’ day, for that matter.
molesoulsandal
Mar 29 2018
at 8:27 AM
Bookmark and Share hey harn: i have also been a huge rainer bruninghaus admirer since way back when he came up w/eberhard weber & jan garbarek . . . . . some of my very favorite ’piano guys’ have always included RB, lyle, and more recently jon cowherd w/brian blade’s fellowship band . . . . . . one doesn’t hear too much talk about rainer (at least in the U.S.), but, as ya know, he’s been great for a long, long time . . . . btw, his playing on that garbarek double live album called ’dresden’ is off the planet!!
harn
Mar 28 2018
at 6:00 PM
Bookmark and Share Nate Smith’s Kinfolk - "Postcards From Everywhere, Rainer Bruninghaus - "Freigeweht", Morten Schantz - Godspeed, Matthew Stevens - "Preverbal", Gogo Penguin - "A Humdrum Star", Esperanza Spalding - "Exposure", Antonio Sanchez - "Bad Hombre", Gizmodrome - "Gizmodrome", David Crosby - "Sky Trails", Andrew McCormack - "Graviton"
sbjames
Mar 27 2018
at 4:37 PM
Bookmark and Share Mostly King Crimson ever since I saw them late last year. What a powerhouse!
molesoulsandal
Mar 27 2018
at 7:59 AM
Bookmark and Share george duke - ’dream on’ . . . . . . . always loved george and he will be missed for a long time to come . . . . . not only for his superb musical activity, but he was also just such a sweet, brilliant, energy-filled human being . . . . . . . . the song ’someday’ on this record just may be the best ’pop/jazz’ composition ever written - hip chords galore and ndugu playin’ the universe on his drums . . . . . . . this entire album is glorious, so says i and some other ’like sensibilities’ circulating about the neighborhood - haha!
naut
Mar 24 2018
at 7:35 PM
Bookmark and Share New Kurt Elling - "The Questions." Very beautiful.
molesoulsandal
Mar 23 2018
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Bookmark and Share ’in winds, in light’, by anders jormin, featuring the crystalline piano of marilyn crispell, vocals by lena willemark . . . . a stunner of a record.
franksexton
Mar 19 2018
at 10:13 AM
Bookmark and Share the Uberjam bacd played the Detroit Jazz festival, I think in 2016. I was there , he was great, played what we called acid rock back in the day. Also I have been listening to Sco_mule (form 1998 ? ) where he guested with Gov’t Mule.
molesoulsandal
Mar 18 2018
at 12:57 PM
Bookmark and Share more scofield yak: spent the morning listening to the ’up all night’ (uberjam band) album -- really great! sco just don’t screw around, now does he? always relentlessly deep in it - what a joy. his recent ’cover’ things are good & all, but i like it best when he writes. some o’ the best stuff ever!
molesoulsandal
Mar 17 2018
at 1:46 PM
Bookmark and Share we saw scofield here in austin, tx, at a long-since-closed-and-bulldozed establishment called ’liberty lunch’, which was an old open-air building w/picnic tables scattered about . . . this was sometime in the mid-1980s, and it was sco’s trio w/the driving dennis chambers on drums, not to mention the mighty victor wooten on bass . . . . . and for folks who normally are not so moved, we all wound up dancing on top of those picnic tables all night long, gleefully unable to resist the crushing/uplifting groove that was coming off those guys! a night to be remembered, fer sure . . . . . burning down the house with extreme sway . . . . and . . hey . . . can’t say enuff about the ’uberjam’ stuff, too!! really dig the ’second guitar’ concept in that band - avi bortnik, man!! he certainly puts a new ’take’ on ’rhythm’ guitar playing, it seems.
patsfan
Mar 15 2018
at 8:06 PM
Bookmark and Share Uberjam. ... Sco and company do a great job of delivering some wild rhythms which I enjoy , especially when driving in competitive traffic ::)
molesoulsandal
Mar 13 2018
at 6:33 AM
Bookmark and Share i think chris botti gets somewhat of a ’bad rap’ with the ’hipsters’ . . . . very lovely musician, whose sensibility displays a distinct love of miles & chet baker . . . . . . also, his gigs can be quite ’adventurous’, which a lot of people who have never seen him don’t know . . . . . they really ’stretch out’ when they play ’live’ . . . . long live CB!
patsfan
Mar 12 2018
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Bookmark and Share Chris Botti. ..... ’Slowing down the world ’ etc ... Just like the way he does the trumpet sound and somewhat hypnotic and sleepy.
naut
Mar 10 2018
at 2:44 PM
Bookmark and Share Brad Mehldau’s new release, "After Bach." Wonderful recording mixing some of Bach’s preludes and fugues with Brad’s own lovely compositions. We seem to need his Prayer for Healing deeply in these times.
molesoulsandal
Mar 09 2018
at 1:15 PM
Bookmark and Share oh, almost forgot: and as always, we miss MILES, too!
molesoulsandal
Mar 09 2018
at 1:09 PM
Bookmark and Share hey now - one more thought about walter becker: WB was a magical & mystical force . . . . he ’affected’ things in many more ways than just ’guitar playing’ . . . . and much of his guitar playing is unforgettable (bass playing, too), such as his guitar stuff on ’what a shame about me’, ’hey nineteen’, and ’kid charlemagne’. am pretty certain that he’s always been one of the guys that pat digs. when somebody great dies, people always kneejerk say ’he/she will be missed’, but, for me anyway, there are certain ones who truly WILL be missed, their contributions to the proceedings and their personalities/spirits as well . . . . becker’s one of those - also john cassavetes, laura nyro, tom jobim, john lennon, sammy davis, jr., sandy denny, and yes, the immortal mr. rogers. that ’energy’ . . . that ’drive’ that takes it to another level. does it ever time - ha!
molesoulsandal
Mar 09 2018
at 4:23 AM
Bookmark and Share believe me, walter becker may not have been a dyed-in-the-wool barney kessel-type ’bebopper’ on guitar, but he was a monster nevertheless and i’m sure pat would have been more than honored to share the stage & studio with him. walter becker was a giant of modern music and he’ll be missed for a long time, not least of all by donald fagen.
tomm
Mar 08 2018
at 11:04 PM
Bookmark and Share I heard a live recording somewhere on the Internet years ago of Pat sitting in with Steely Dan and playing on "Sign In Stranger". Wish I could remember where I found it!
patsfan
Mar 07 2018
at 9:08 PM
Bookmark and Share Mole .... that is interesting, and a great dream even though it never came together for Fagan, Pat and Becker. Perhaps the latter was not ideal guitar wise. But Fagan and Pat could have composed a classic album !!! Fagan is still touring and hope to see him in Mountain View , CA June 1 ..
molesoulsandal
Mar 06 2018
at 1:02 PM
Bookmark and Share pat used to say that the one group that he would like to play in was steely dan . . . . . actually, i think he was offered to tour w/them once, but he said, w/him and becker, that it was ’too many guitars’ - haha . . . . . but yeah, pat wanted to play with ’em. they’re the best - becker & fagen all the way, third world man!
patsfan
Mar 05 2018
at 7:33 PM
Bookmark and Share Hey, Garage amigos. ..... intermittently have to point out another phenom ... Steely Dan. .. basically Donald Fagan and Walter Becker. ... but they hold tremendous respect in my eyes..... and they paralled Pat’s rise in the 70’s . Fagan was totally unique, and the lyrics are incredibly good. ..... I would love to meet the man !
molesoulsandal
Mar 04 2018
at 4:25 AM
Bookmark and Share kurt rosenwinkel’s ’caipi’ . . . . . . . . KR’s a very special musician/composer, isn’t he? i love every one of his records, but thissun’s extree special, i think. prior to ’caipi’, his album ’heartcore’ was sort of my fave, and this one is rather like thattun. anyway, it’s a butiful record - everyone should have one!
mugsy
Mar 02 2018
at 11:26 PM
Bookmark and Share I just received the new Keith Jarret Trio CD: After the Fall. In the liner notes, Keith talks about his two-year battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and how this particular concert was actually "an experiment" to see if Keith could actually play in public again. From what I have listened to so far, (first of two CDs) I would say the experiment was a smashing success!
franksexton
Mar 02 2018
at 9:40 AM
Bookmark and Share patsfan , The Promise is one of my McLaughlin favorites. I love the diversity of the tracks , Kind of like a retrospective of his career. Jazz Jungle with Michael Brecker is another favorite of mine from this.
molesoulsandal
Mar 02 2018
at 4:21 AM
Bookmark and Share patsfan - that’s a funny story! yes, as you prolly know, everybody that’s ever known, or worked with pat says that he’s the most dedicated musician they’ve ever known. gary burton goes into great detail about that in his excellent autobiography, ’ learning to listen’, which came out in 2013 - if you haven’t read it, you might check it out - i think you’d like it.
patsfan
Mar 01 2018
at 8:45 PM
Bookmark and Share Mole, that’s great about your Missouri / Pat connection. I’m always amazed how ’unique’ I am. . I meet ,Otis of people and sorry to say I have never met a real Pat fan. I’m sort of known as a Pat junkie by my kids. I’ve also admired Pat as a person, positive, vary hardworking, aware of the pitfalls of his profession. He deserves all the fruits of his labor. I do remember one interesting incident in Palm Springs, I’m invited to backstage, he suddenly pops down on the floor in front of me and my friend ... and I blurt out ’ Pat , you walk on water ! ’. ( The last song in the concert , on 42 string guitar, was the Sound of Water with Mehldau. ). He replied definitively ’ No, I don’t !!!!! ’ ... and proceeded to walk away. Damn !! That’s Pat.
molesoulsandal
Feb 27 2018
at 6:48 AM
Bookmark and Share love the ’we live here’ record, including the great ’till the end of the world’ tune . . . . . some cynics have said (and written) that ’we live here’ was PMG’s ’commercial’ album . . . . . ’course, that’s not so, but who’s counting anyway - haha. hopefully an interesting sidenote: actually, my hometown of moberly, missouri is on the ’map’ on the cover of ’we live here’ . . . . it’s small printing, but it’s there and have always been so happy ’bout dat! was yakking w/pat’s ma, lois, on the phone some 20 years ago and she said that she used to have a friend from moberly when she was a teen and she would sometimes travel to there from lee’s summit to see her. midwestern night’s dream, man . . . . . . .
patsfan
Feb 26 2018
at 9:17 PM
Bookmark and Share To the End of the World. ...... when I need to chill out mentally, relax , think about all the good things in this world and in my life...
hman01
Feb 25 2018
at 12:23 PM
Bookmark and Share TRUTH: THE WHITE ALBUM IS FLAWLESS.
molesoulsandal
Feb 24 2018
at 8:04 AM
Bookmark and Share this is about the bass ’solo’ at the beginning of ’april joy’, from the first PMG record: first of all, it is incredibly beautifully rendered by mark egan, but i have always, always, always suspected that pat wrote that passage for him to play and mark so lovingly recreated it verbatim. not that mark wouldn’t be capable of such ’writing’ himself, it’s just that it sounds soooooooooo much like pat’s writing. however it came about, though, it’s truly one of the most gorgeous things i’ve ever heard!!
molesoulsandal
Feb 23 2018
at 6:41 AM
Bookmark and Share i was reading some guy talking about the PMG ’white album’ the other day, and he actually had the ignorance and temerity to say that the tune ’jaco’ was not ’funky’ enough, as he thought it should be, since it was titled ’jaco’ (as if all jaco played was ’funk’) . . . . . . i personally think the song ’jaco’ is one verra verra funky chicken piece of music, and anybody that don’t prolly only has half of it - ha! love that album!
erict
Feb 21 2018
at 1:22 PM
Bookmark and Share The first PMG album! ‘‘Tis been forty years since its release. This and American Garage are always in rotation! A tour with Mark,Dan and Lyle would truly make my year.
patsfan
Feb 18 2018
at 7:27 PM
Bookmark and Share ’Django’ from the album Promise, John McGlaughlin and Jeff Beck. ... anyone out there like it ? ........ it became one of my favorites
patsfan
Feb 13 2018
at 7:13 PM
Bookmark and Share Frank .... Yes, you have identified the other ’sleeper’ albums, Q and A and Trio Live. Both are very respectable albums, both I warmed up to after a while, especially Q and A maybe because Roy Haynes is so unique in style. By the way, listen to ’Panama’ from Reunion ... Gary’s beautiful vibes with the most ripping synth from Pat !! Love it
franksexton
Feb 13 2018
at 2:17 PM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal you are correct, Charlie Haden was on the record with Bill and Ginger Baker. the album is even named "Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones" anyway, thanks to patsfan, I gave Like Minds another try, it does improve with repeated listens. I guess I will have to listen to this one another time also. Right now I am listening to Bill Fisell and Thomas Mogan - Small Town ,which I am liking a lot. Really nice cover of Goldfinger to end
molesoulsandal
Feb 13 2018
at 4:21 AM
Bookmark and Share if i’m not wrong, the frisell record is with elvin jones, and dave holland on bass, as opposed to charlie haden. good album.
franksexton
Feb 12 2018
at 2:37 PM
Bookmark and Share patsfan ,where would you rank the cover of Q&A with other covers Pat has done ? My personal favorite would from Trio Live. The one from this album , while musically flawless, sounds restrained in comparison. Another album I am reminded of is one Bill Frisell made with Charlie Haden and Elvin Jones. Nice thing is I still have the album so I can always give it another listen(s).
molesoulsandal
Feb 12 2018
at 4:21 AM
Bookmark and Share come on! ’reunion’ AND ’like minds’ are BOTH masterpieces . . . . let’s not quibble, everything these guys do is pretty much top level in every respect, including spiritually. that’s what i think, anyhoo :-)
patsfan
Feb 09 2018
at 9:06 PM
Bookmark and Share Frank. . ... interesting that you would say Like Minds is a ’snoozer’. .... because it really is ...until you get addicted to it.! And, when I wrote my comment, ,maybe I had a bit too much wine, and I meant the album ’Reunion’ ... which I love . But the quality on both albums cannot be disputed .... when you have Pat, Roy Haynes, Chick , Gary, Dave Holland ... come on, it’s a gem.
naut
Feb 08 2018
at 8:17 PM
Bookmark and Share After a few days of listening to all the Reich I own (10-15 albums), I’ve been on a "Music for 18 Musicians" kick of late, listening to several different editions multiple times. I’ve grown quite fond of the Ensemble Signal performance, an uplifting, detailed playing of the Reichian masterpiece. (So much of Steve in Pat’s music, for damn good reason.)
franksexton
Feb 07 2018
at 10:25 AM
Bookmark and Share patsfan , interesting comment on Like Minds, personally I found the album to be somewhat of a snoozer, even with Chick,Gary,Pat,Roy and Dave. Pat described the album as Q&A trio meets Chick and Gary Duo.
Chris Digger
Jan 25 2018
at 12:24 PM
Bookmark and Share Simon Phillips - Protocol 4
patsfan
Jan 22 2018
at 5:51 PM
Bookmark and Share Like Minds .... a great favorite album by Pat and Gary.. Beautiful vibraphonics and guitar synth..
naut
Jan 20 2018
at 8:24 PM
Bookmark and Share Lots and lots of Ben Allison. Anyone else like his music as I do?
webtrotter1958
Jan 15 2018
at 7:25 PM
Bookmark and Share Hi everybody! it´s been such a long time for me out of this community! but I´m back. Going to the subject; i´ve been listening some brazilian and argentinian music lately. Not specifically related to "jazz", but, I tend to think that music certainly do not fit into "labels". Pedro Aznar/David Lebon "ND Ateneo" dvd. Playing and singing a bunch of popular music from Argentina. Pedro sings, David sings, Pedro plays fretless bass and guitar. It´s an emotional journey for us here in South America, since we grow listening to a rock group called Serú Girán, with Pedro and David as members, back in the late seventies/early eighties. Then , I went to an audio tape of a TV show from Brasil (as we call the country here), Milton Nascimento with Mercedes Sosa. They sang "San Vicente", a beatiful tune of Milton. He introduced Mercedes as "the voice of South America, or better to say, the voice of the Third World". Mercedes turned every song that she sang into a magical thing. She was one of a kind. Sorry for my english. Being not my native language, it is kind of simultaneous translation as I write...
patsfan
Jan 10 2018
at 7:06 PM
Bookmark and Share Parallel Realities ... Absolutely a memorable album by Pat and Jack.
naut
Jan 09 2018
at 5:18 PM
Bookmark and Share Sarah Jarosz, all of her four albums. Love her voice and vision.
molesoulsandal
Jan 09 2018
at 12:43 PM
Bookmark and Share intro to april joy is sooooo butiful - takes me back (AND forward!)
patsfan
Jan 08 2018
at 6:40 PM
Bookmark and Share April Joy. (The Group album ). .... takes me back.....
hman01
Jan 06 2018
at 1:30 PM
Bookmark and Share The namesake of this forum.
franksexton
Jan 02 2018
at 8:29 AM
Bookmark and Share Hommage from Hommage to Eberhard Weber
hman01
Dec 14 2017
at 7:27 AM
Bookmark and Share I was listening to KIN on the way to work today. Boy, howdy! That Potter fella sure can blow!
bluepno
Dec 05 2017
at 8:21 AM
Bookmark and Share Running through a complete set of Haydn symphonies...beautifully recorded...old school party music. Ranier Bruninghaus, Freeweight(sp)...Bowie,Fripp et al , Scary Monsters and Super Freaks.
franksexton
Nov 30 2017
at 12:40 PM
Bookmark and Share discovered KSCOPE record label. Steven Wilson, Lunatic Soul, North Atlantic Osillation, very good progressive rock.
hman01
Nov 15 2017
at 8:30 AM
Bookmark and Share I just had to LOL this morning. I walked into my first class this morning and they were playing Kenny G’s greatest hits. I teach music at a special needs school and had just been attacked by a student while on bus duty. Nothing major happened, just a few scrapes. But I couldn’t figure out which was worse-the physical assault or the aural assault :)
naut
Nov 13 2017
at 4:09 PM
Bookmark and Share Young Israeli cat named Tomer Bar, a pianist/keyboardist, with a cookin’ band accompanying. He’s written a tune called "Pat," a lovely tribute to Mr. Metheny (sounds a lot like PMG First Circle era), followed by a good version of "Unity Village." Nice stuff.
molesoulsandal
Nov 07 2017
at 1:14 PM
Bookmark and Share bobsmith1 - marc copeland’s a favorite ’round here, too. as am sure you know, he was originally a sax guy. as for the kuhn/jordan band, w/harvie swartz & moses, that ECM record of theirs called ’playground’ is in my top five of all time (if such a thing could be said - ha!) . . . . . their album called ’last year’s waltz’ is wonderful, also . . . . on it, they perform a live version of steve swallow’s humorous and slightly ’dark’ oddity called ’the city of dallas’, which is just about as good as it gets! i wish they’d have made about 40 more records! but when i think about it, ’playground’ just about says it all . . . . i’ve always perceived that record and swallow’s ’home’ album (ECM) as being sorta like ’bookends’ - pretty much the same line-up, just insert swallow for harvie, and add dave liebman & lyle . . . . moses also put out an album right about that time (i can’t remember what label, but it wasn’t ECM) that, again, has pretty much the same musicians . . . . i used to have a copy of it (it’s called ’family’), but don’t anymore. i tried to find it on the utuber, but to no avail. i’ll have to dig deeper. it also is a great album - more of the same on this from kuhn!
naut
Nov 06 2017
at 3:58 PM
Bookmark and Share "Current Events." Ya’ll persuaded/inspired me. -- I saw John once, at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. He was with Charles Lloyd’s band, with Marc Johnson on bass, and I don’t know who on drums. Could’ve been Erskine. Can anyone enlighten me about that? I think it was 2008. Quite a good set.
BobSmith1
Nov 05 2017
at 1:18 PM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal--Another one that I’ve been listening to is 39 Steps from 2015. Marc Copland is one of those great pianists that just adds something immeasurable to a session. Speaking of immeasurable--I can’t say enough about Peter Erskine. Check out his drumming on "Clint" on Current Events. I just sit on the edge of my chair every time I hear that one, listening to how he stretches out the time getting from bar to bar. I actually had a chance to see Peter Erskine live back in 1986 with the 1986 incarnation of Weather Report in San Francisco--Zawinul was calling them Weather Update for that brief period--anyway, he does something that to my ears is so rare in drummers--his musical personality is huge in his playing, with the unanticipated meters and total groove, yet he doesn’t do anything obviously and in your face. His pairing with Marc Johnson is incredible--another bassist that I always try to x-ray in on to hear what he’s doing and is such a great leader and composer in his own right. Speaking of Richie Beirach--I am listening on itunes right now to a preview of the boxed set you mentioned --amazing how undated these pieces are, but that’s something about everything John did--it had a really timeless quality. I’m familiar with some of the pieces--Nightlake for sure. Richie Beirach does comping so beautifully! Love the unison between them and his right hand is about as good as you ever hear. I now remember how I know Nightlake--it was from an ECM sampler that I got back in 1981--"Music With 58 Musicians, Volume One", which introduced me to so many greats--Steve Reich, Sheila Jordan/Steve Kuhn, Terje Rypdal, Codona...Again, great comments and musical recommendations!
molesoulsandal
Nov 04 2017
at 6:32 AM
Bookmark and Share bobsmith1 - thanks for reminding me of that super ’current events’ record . . . am going to pull it out today and revisit it. it’s been a while since i’ve heard it. and yes, i’ve always dug how JA’s synth sound was often times like a B-3!
BobSmith1
Nov 02 2017
at 12:01 PM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal--Interesting comments re John Abercrombie. I have been listening with great interest to an old favorite of mine--Current Events--with Peter Erskine and Marc Johnson (1986). This is a great record with that sublime ECM production and telepathic synergy between players. Noteworthy to me are "Still" and "Ralph’s Piano Waltz". JA’s use of guitar synth is subtle and understated and sounds almost like an organ in a sort of chorale mode.
molesoulsandal
Oct 29 2017
at 1:11 PM
Bookmark and Share . . . . . have been listening to john abercrombie’s albums w/richie beirach - ECM recently bunched all 3 of ’em together in a neat li’l ’boxed set’, and it was surely about time! always liked richie’s playing w/dave liebman, too. when people talk about the ’top piano guys’, you don’t hear beirach’s name that often, but he should be on that list . . . . . also, there’s a super-duper, rave-up blues-type tune on the ECM album entitled ’sound suggestions’, by the late, great george adams, and beirach’s playing on that particular tune (not to mention the entire record!), which is called ’got somethin’ good for you’, is simply (and complexly) off-the-planet!
Mike S.
Oct 20 2017
at 7:27 AM
Bookmark and Share Clever Girl- No Drums and Bass in the Jazz Room. It is FANTASTIC!!!
molesoulsandal
Oct 16 2017
at 1:16 PM
Bookmark and Share leni stern - ’africa’ . . . . . some great mike brecker on there plus lovely photos by latifa metheny. wonderful record.
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