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bevCyclone
Feb 07 2011
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molesoulsandal
Apr 19 2018
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Bookmark and Share brian blade - ’mama rosa’
Chris Digger
Apr 18 2018
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Bookmark and Share SNARKY PUPPY - World Tour 2015: 32-Disc-Box-Set! Wow!!!
naut
Apr 11 2018
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Bookmark and Share Bright Size Life
mugsy
Apr 11 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bookmark and Share maia sharp - ’red dress’, ’kinder blues’, and ’lightning’ . . . . . . . . . a trio of great songs, they.
Oystein
Apr 07 2018
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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
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Bookmark and Share Ella Fitzgerald - "Too Marvelous for Words"
molesoulsandal
Apr 03 2018
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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
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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
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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
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Bookmark and Share Mostly King Crimson ever since I saw them late last year. What a powerhouse!
molesoulsandal
Mar 27 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bookmark and Share oh, almost forgot: and as always, we miss MILES, too!
molesoulsandal
Mar 09 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bookmark and Share TRUTH: THE WHITE ALBUM IS FLAWLESS.
molesoulsandal
Feb 24 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bookmark and Share Simon Phillips - Protocol 4
patsfan
Jan 22 2018
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Bookmark and Share Like Minds .... a great favorite album by Pat and Gary.. Beautiful vibraphonics and guitar synth..
naut
Jan 20 2018
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Bookmark and Share Lots and lots of Ben Allison. Anyone else like his music as I do?
webtrotter1958
Jan 15 2018
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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
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Bookmark and Share Parallel Realities ... Absolutely a memorable album by Pat and Jack.
naut
Jan 09 2018
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Bookmark and Share Sarah Jarosz, all of her four albums. Love her voice and vision.
molesoulsandal
Jan 09 2018
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Bookmark and Share intro to april joy is sooooo butiful - takes me back (AND forward!)
patsfan
Jan 08 2018
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Bookmark and Share April Joy. (The Group album ). .... takes me back.....
hman01
Jan 06 2018
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Bookmark and Share The namesake of this forum.
franksexton
Jan 02 2018
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Bookmark and Share Hommage from Hommage to Eberhard Weber
hman01
Dec 14 2017
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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
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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
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Bookmark and Share discovered KSCOPE record label. Steven Wilson, Lunatic Soul, North Atlantic Osillation, very good progressive rock.
hman01
Nov 15 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Oystein
Oct 16 2017
at 5:42 AM
Bookmark and Share After too many years, Michael McDonald releases a new album; "Wide Open". And what a record it is! Who said the West Coast genre was dead...? His voice is better than ever, and as usual he brought on some excellent musicians.
molesoulsandal
Sep 27 2017
at 6:50 AM
Bookmark and Share listening once again to ’home’, a steve swallow record on ECM . . . . . sheila jordan, dave liebman, bob moses, lyle mays, steve kuhn.
molesoulsandal
Sep 24 2017
at 6:49 AM
Bookmark and Share yes bob smith1, i also think that there are similarities w/nock & kuhn, not least among them (during that time period, anyway) is that neither of them was just rehashing old antiquated world weary bebop licks . . . . as you say, they were playing extremely soulfully, and without artifice, and it was soooo refreshing to hear . . . . keith jarrett, of course, was the dean of that manner of playing before he stopped writing and launched the more ’conventional’ standards trio . . . . pat has said that he wishes that keith still wrote, ’cause he’s one of our finest writers . . . . anyway, am always enriched to hear people playing ’cliche-free’, as miles said about joe zawinul . . . . . does the world miss zawinul? we think it does!! miles, too!
BobSmith1
Sep 21 2017
at 8:47 PM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal--Yeah, everybody on Cycles is a great musician, to say the least. Re: Ondas, a few months ago you mentioned it in a posting when I had talked about Eddie Gomez. I was vaguely familiar with the album from back in the day but I gave it an intense listening again after you had talked about it and I was really blown away. To my ears, Mike Nock and Steve Kuhn have a similar, very musical, adaptive, ensemble-type approach to the music on Ondas and Cycles, respectively. There is a soulfulness in the playing of each pianist that adds immeasurably to each record as a whole. I came across Cycles in I think 1982. I had the great privilege of doing occasional stints as a volunteer announcer during the early morning hours at an NPR station where I got to spin whatever I felt like. The great thing was that I was exposed to an amazing record collection at the station, vastly expanding my musical universe. Cycles was one of those recordings and it has always had a special place for me. Something about the whole record, the dark improvisational feel to the album as a whole, and that strange, striking photograph of a person in a pink coat standing under a fall sky in some northern place looking out toward the water. ECM always does such great album covers! I’ve heard that Manfred Eicher himself personally vets every one of them and he really got it right with that time. Anyway, just a great, timeless record and glad to hear someone else thinks the same!
molesoulsandal
Sep 19 2017
at 6:44 AM
Bookmark and Share just wanted to add that when previously replying to bobsmith1’s adroit mention of david darling’s ’cycles’ record, i proceeded to spend nearly the entire paragraph raving ’bout the great steve kuhn - and deservedly so; but i certainly didn’t mean to shortchange all the other super musicians on that record, all of which bobsmith1 mentioned in his post. case in point, i’ve always thought that if you want to raise the quality level of your next album, just make sure and have sir jan garbarek on it - ha! and, of course, everybody knows what a monster musician david darling is . . . . until bobsmith1’s post about this album, i can’t recall hearing anyone even mention this record in a coupla decades! same thing w/mike nock’s ’ondas’ . . . . i rarely come across anyone who’s even heard of it, much less heard it . . . . i guess it’s just that way with a lot of ECM releases from yesteryear, but there surely are some ultra-great ones!
molesoulsandal
Sep 16 2017
at 5:50 PM
Bookmark and Share bobsmith1, you are sooo right - ’cycles’ is an incredible record that i’ve adored since it’s release. steve kuhn was in a most fertile period at that time, considering his transcendent group w/sheila jordan/harvie swartz/bob moses, and also on steve swallow’s ’home’ album. also, moses put out a record during that time called ’family’, which you may be familiar with, and SK is all over thattun, too. all that said, kuhn still might just qualify as being ’underrated’ - haha . . . . .
BobSmith1
Sep 16 2017
at 11:12 AM
Bookmark and Share Revisiting an old favorite from the early 80’s ECM period (of greatness-Ondas, Blue Sun, etc). David Darling "Cycles". This record seems to have had an even greater impact on me today than it did when it first came out and I got in on vinyl. I’ve really got "Ode" stuck in my head. Imagine having David Darling, Arild Andersen, Jan Garbarek, Steve Kuhn, Collin Walcott, and Oscar Castro-Neves all on one record, everyone in a kind of mind-meld. Steve Kuhn is amazing beyond belief and some of the unison playing is so unexpected but just works, such as on "Ode" (cello and tenor sax) This record is simply a masterpiece and a joy to listen to in a quiet, undisturbed spot and the engineering is above and beyond.
MarcNebo
Sep 14 2017
at 11:26 PM
Bookmark and Share Sean Jones, Live From Jazz At The Bistro is great live recording. I just saw his quintet and quartet at the Detroit Jazz Festival. The quintet was my favorite group of the twenty-two bands I saw at the festival. He is now one of my favorite living trumpet players. Great CD, especially The Ungentrified Blues where he kills by showing damn near everything he can do with a trumpet all in one tune. Also ballads, burners and jazz and gospel fusion. Will be in my top 5 CD’s for the year and top 5 live shows. Check it out!
molesoulsandal
Sep 05 2017
at 7:00 AM
Bookmark and Share listening to steely dan’s ’two against nature’ . . . . walter becker passed away, so have been re-visiting their stuff. love the song ’what a shame about me’, featuring super-dupe guitar by WB. these guys, along w/joni mitchell & david crosby, did so much to ’jazz-up’ the pop/rock world. thank the stars for them. btw, speaking of jazzy-type ’rockers’, there’s a terrific article on the rolling stone site, written by rickie lee jones, talking lovingly about becker.
franksexton
Aug 23 2017
at 8:59 AM
Bookmark and Share Tisziji Munoz - When Coltrane Calls Session 1: Fierce Compassion frree jazz - electric guitar really good
mountain
Aug 18 2017
at 3:10 PM
Bookmark and Share Kinda a different listening recommendation. Rick Beato’s Youtube. https://youtu.be/c9N3JNWiSog This one is a fun Giant Steps Advanced Reharmonization Techniques for guitar.
mountain
Aug 18 2017
at 3:03 PM
Bookmark and Share Steven Wilson - To The Bone. The prog princess goes pop...sort of. Some good stuff in this release including the tune Pariah which features the vocals of Ninet Tayeb. She sounds fabulous. Its a departure from the long form themed releases and focuses more on the song format.
franksexton
Jul 31 2017
at 9:26 AM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal thanks for replying, I am going to have to revisit the Quartet album now. Yes, Time is of the Essence is the album I was thinking of. Years ago someone suggested As I am from this album as the best example of what Pat would sound like in a Trio with organ and drums. I am going to have to revisit this album also now also just to listen to Elvin.
Chris Digger
Jul 29 2017
at 12:55 PM
Bookmark and Share RAY LYON - Trinity One: Fantastic Album + Nice Grooves all along!
sunship
Jul 26 2017
at 12:20 PM
Bookmark and Share Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau - "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau" This is a wonderful collaboration. The first song "The Old Shade Tree" is tremendous. Two brilliant artists.
molesoulsandal
Jul 26 2017
at 7:12 AM
Bookmark and Share frank sexton: yes indeedy - the ’as i am’ on brecker’s ’time is of the essence’ record (on which ’arc of the pendulum’ is the first tune) is the very same song as on ’quartet’. have always loved that particular brecker album . . . getting to hear pat play w/elvin is quite the deal, eh?
BobSmith1
Jul 25 2017
at 11:19 AM
Bookmark and Share Listening with fresh ears to Yellowjackets "Politics" from 1988. This thing just swings. Jimmy Haslip’s liquid bass lines just light up the whole show. Lots of nice melodic twists and turns. I’ve owned this since the late 80’s but sounds even better today for some reason.
franksexton
Jul 25 2017
at 9:43 AM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal ,I’m with you on ID. I’m curious, is the "As I Am" from Quartet the same song covered in Brecker’s "Arc Of the Pendulem" ?
BobSmith1
Jul 09 2017
at 10:45 AM
Bookmark and Share Taylor Eigsti-Let It Come To You (2008) from the album of the same name. Pure lyricism.
bluepno
Jul 05 2017
at 12:48 PM
Bookmark and Share Benny Green trio...Testifying...( Christian McBride 1992)....lots of RVG Blue Notes...
molesoulsandal
Jul 03 2017
at 1:54 PM
Bookmark and Share ’Imaginary Day’ is such a monster record! The two extremes of ’Across the Sky’ & ’The Roots of Coincidence’ says it all. Another Metheny record that it seems nobody ever talks about is the somewhat stripped-down ’Quartet’ album (1996), which features ’Take Me There’, ’The Language of Time’, and ’Mohave’, just to name a few of it’s gems. a masterpiece of spontaneous composition, and also more through-composed pieces such as ’As I Am’ and ’When We Were Free’.
patsfan
Jun 29 2017
at 7:17 PM
Bookmark and Share Frank ... that is one Metheny concept I most regret missing. I have the video of the concert I would have gone to, at the Paul Masson Winery, and review it at intervals. I love the progression of the tunes and each have their special flavor. ... like the title, An Imaginary Day ..
franksexton
Jun 29 2017
at 9:19 AM
Bookmark and Share hey patsfan, the ID tour was my first PMG concert , they played the whole album in succession. the songs do seem to play well as a whole. when they finished I was completely blown away.
patsfan
Jun 28 2017
at 2:39 AM
Bookmark and Share Imaginary Day. .... sort of entranced with this album, never really was, but now I really appreciate every song , every nuance ... again and again
molesoulsandal
Jun 24 2017
at 7:46 AM
Bookmark and Share have been revisiting a 40-year old gem from stephen micus called ’implosions’ . . . . . . had the record when it came out in 1977 (his second album), but lost track of it over time and just recently reacquired it. ~ have also been listening to a GIANT of an album by michael gregory jackson, called ’heart and center’, from around 1979. this record should be world famous - it’s so odd how some things just don’t get ’heard’ as much as some other things. at any rate, MGJ is still burning ’em down - these days he has his ’clarity trio’ which includes bobby moses, pat’s ole’ buddy. btw, jackson’s album ’gifts’, which was the album right before ’heart and center’, is also sublime.
marra
Jun 22 2017
at 1:37 PM
Bookmark and Share Quatuor Ebene and Michel Portal ’City Birds’ from their new album - a string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band” A fabulous track called ’City Birds’ - shades of Wichita Falls halfway through the piece Ebene call their foray into jazz ’a little world between electro, groove, classical, jazz and world’,
foxesfred
May 28 2017
at 4:00 PM
Bookmark and Share Hudson -DeJonette, Medeski, Grenadier, and Sco
popcorn
May 23 2017
at 12:24 PM
Bookmark and Share Recent favorites include FORQ’s “Batch” (Snarky Puppy spinoff), Tyler Reese’s “Reminiscence” (Reese studied under Metheny), Mike Neer’s "Steelonious" (Monk covers on steel guitar), Cristiano Vetuschi’s “Alien Assassin,” and John McLean’s “Parts Unknown.”
franksexton
May 20 2017
at 9:18 AM
Bookmark and Share fyi, there is another thread in the Garage named "Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny"
franksexton
May 20 2017
at 7:09 AM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal those are both very good, I also love Pat’s playing with Cuong on this album. another recent release where he plays in a similar syle is Tap - John Zorn’s book of Angels. Thanks for mentioning the Return to Forever album - lots of good music , First recoding of Crystal Silence is there , I believe, also La Fiesta
Arlie
May 01 2017
at 9:32 AM
Bookmark and Share Just found a cool cover of "Are You Going With Me?" on Spotify under the title "Just Landed" by a group called Cantoma. Best interpretation I’ve heard since Anna Marie Jopek’s vocal cover.
molesoulsandal
Apr 24 2017
at 7:29 AM
Bookmark and Share ’cuong vu trio meets pat metheny’ . . . . i fear that this record is getting ’lost in the shuffle’ . . . . it’s surely and purely an incredible musical & spiritual experience, and i just wanted to give it a ’shout-out’. nobody seems to be talking about it that much, and as we all know, even without pat’s glorious participation, cuong & his guys are, and have been for quite a spell, blazing new trails on a daily basis. ~ have also been revisiting the ’light as a feather’ record by chick corea and the first incarnation of the ’return to forever’ aggregation. what game shall we play today, indeed!
mountain
Apr 03 2017
at 2:41 PM
Bookmark and Share Kurt Rosenwinkel - Caipi. Brazilian feel, Metheny-ese synth guitar. Interesting release.
BobSmith1
Apr 02 2017
at 2:22 PM
Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal--I think I was familiar with this album back in the day when I did some late night record spinning at an NPR station. Back when you could really mix it up. I’ll have to check it out again on itunes. I think I got Eddie into my bloodstream in a big way listening to the Steps Ahead (album) back in 1983-84. My musical vocabulary isn’t very good but I think his playing in unison (say, with the piano bass line) during certain parts of songs and then going in unpredictable directions has a dramatic effect that I really like. He vastly opens up the writing possibilities for everyone he plays with. The guy is a true original and there’s never any doubt who is playing when you hear him!
molesoulsandal
Apr 02 2017
at 6:53 AM
Bookmark and Share there’s a wonderfully transcendent album by the pianist/composer mike nock, on ECM, from 1981 called ’ondas’, which is a trio format featuring drummer john christensen and the terrific eddie gomez on bass. this might be the greatest record that nobody’s ever heard - laugh out loud! at any rate, gomez’ playing on this album is just about as ’light-filled’ as it gets, and everyone that i know who has heard this set agrees that no other bassist could have brought to this project what eddie gomez did. of course, that could be said about so many of the records that have featured eddie. if you’ve not heard this particular album, try to check it out - it’s quite special.
BobSmith1
Apr 01 2017
at 11:33 AM
Bookmark and Share "Green Room" from Batik, Ralph Towner. Eddie Gomez was so perfect for this song. Eddie could really wend his way in between the weird, dark, wonderful melodic twists that are so much the signature sound of Ralph’s musical soul. Everyone’s playing on this tune is amazing (DeJohnette) but you can just listen to Gomez’s intricate bass lines as a kind of light showing the way forward in this amazing song. 1978, and this stands up to the test of time in every way.
BobSmith1
Apr 01 2017
at 11:18 AM
Bookmark and Share "As I Am" from Quartet. How is it possible that piano and guitar could so perfectly complement each other? These guys, Lyle and Pat, finding each other was some kind of musical miracle. Not to mention this gorgeous song, like a 5 minute goosebump.
spaceboy
Mar 05 2017
at 5:48 AM
Bookmark and Share Just listening to Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden during dinner last night. Very special album, a great deal of emotion in the music, and roominess to experience your reactions and expanding spirit. Lately, in my head I’m hearing "This is Not America" from "Falcon and the Snowman." Who would have thought.
foxesfred
Mar 04 2017
at 3:26 PM
Bookmark and Share Old Locks and Irregular Verbs-Henry Threadgill Ensemble-
Chris Digger
Feb 27 2017
at 7:13 AM
Bookmark and Share JACOB KARLZON - NOW: Awesome Piano-Trio with intelligent use of digital effects. W/Dan Berglund on double bass from the late EST.
shockandwoe
Feb 23 2017
at 8:07 PM
Bookmark and Share Kurt Rosenwinkel with Redman, Mehldau, Grenadier, and Jackson at Jazz a Vienne (2004). They play User of Light and The Next Step. The best 27 mins I have spent online in a while.
HAMBONE
Feb 22 2017
at 12:56 PM
Bookmark and Share In respect to Larry Coryell, everything I own that he plays on...
Ian
Feb 22 2017
at 10:25 AM
Bookmark and Share I’m really excited about the Kurt Rosenwinkle release. I pre-ordered it and got the bonus track which sounds great. A lot different from his previous stuff. Unfortunately it isn’t being released in the US till March 10. I’m looking forward to Christian Scott’s new release too.
ulrichspiegel
Feb 18 2017
at 1:16 PM
Bookmark and Share Kurt Rosenwinkel CAIPI Kurt has been a guitar professor in Berlin for some years playing with Brian Blade, and others. Now on CAIPI he almost plays all the instruments himself with the help of Amanda Brecker daughter of Eliane Elias & Randy Brecker and Eric Clapton. His live band includes German pianist Olivia Trummer and multi-instrumentalists- vocalist Pedro Martins. It is like hearing the Pat Metheny Group with Pedro Aznar. The band will paly in New York’s Birdland in March.
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