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bevCyclone
Feb 07 2011
at 3:01 PM
What music are you listening to now?
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patsfan
Jan 21 2023
at 8:51 PM
Bookmark and Share Jaco , the 1982 Montreal Jazz Festival…..I am entranced by the dvd and the music !! Co-starring Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer ,Peter Erskine, Don Alias, Othello Moineaux…. And Jaco puts on a very dynamic and athletic performance, and all of them are totally with him…. Just a sad reminder of his demise and Michael Brecker's death by MDS. And Othello is awesome … never knew who he was, but awesome . Don Alias the same .. Bob Mintzer and Peter Erskine, jamming great, and, both happily in academic SoCal
broph
Jan 18 2023
at 9:25 PM
Bookmark and Share Jeff Beck’s "Final Peace" The Final Peace https://g.co/kgs/QhTTMT
Oystein
Jan 12 2023
at 4:34 PM
Bookmark and Share My entire Jeff Beck collection, that`s all
franksexton
Jan 11 2023
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Bookmark and Share I was able to checkout Vermillion using Hoopla from my library, it reminded me of Marcin Wasilewski who I like even more. I recently got his release "Spark of Life" , his cover of "Message in A Bottle" is top-notch . I am going to look for my CD Dreamhouse from Fred Simon to see how it compares.
boz
Jan 11 2023
at 2:29 PM
Bookmark and Share beyond the M i s s o u r i S k y (short stories) by charlie haden & pat metheny
MarcNebo
Jan 09 2023
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Bookmark and Share Kooltrane and naut : I thought that I read somewhere at Pat’s website where he mentioned Jonathan Kreisberg. I just found it in Community : Pat Recommends "Three Great New Guitarists" from 9/12/2006 Lage Lund, Mike Moreno and Jonathan Kreisberg. In Scott Yanow’s The Great Jazz Guitarists book Kreisberg said he started to play guitar when he was ten years old. In high school after hearings records of Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Alan Holdsworth, Jim Hall and John Scofield he had a revelation and started playing Jazz. He gained recognition while in high school from Downbeat and Guitar Player. I saw him multiple times with Dr. Lonnie Smith. I was impressed by Jonathan’s playing.
naut
Jan 05 2023
at 8:12 PM
Bookmark and Share Kooltrane, I’m with you 100percent on Kreisberg. I’ve been listening to four or five of his records lately and two more are due to arrive shortly. He’s as good or better than many of the younger lions of the guitar. I’d love to catch him in concert, but Capturing Spirits must suffice for the time being.
MarcNebo
Dec 31 2022
at 11:57 AM
Bookmark and Share FredSimon (alias Grateful Fred): Thank you for the reviews. I also have several G,B,S records and enjoy all of them. I’ll have to check out several of my James Taylor records and the other ones you mentioned. Have you watched his hilarious videos Larry made during the COVID shutdown? He is a very funny guy. His Hans Groiner videos are very funny (Larry with a really bad toupee).
GratefulFred
Dec 30 2022
at 9:41 PM
Bookmark and Share @MarcNebo, I have all of the Goldings/Bernstein/Stewart albums including Pendulum, all superb. I do have favorite tracks here and there, such as Woodstock on Moonbird, and Back In the Day from As One. But I love them all. And I loved the gig at the Jazz Showcase. Of course I dig Joey DeFrancesco, Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gerald Clayton, etc. but Larry Goldings is by far my favorite. And not just as an organist: as a pianist, arranger, composer, accompanist, and just one of the most brilliant musical minds of all time. Check out his album Quartet. When the great Don Grolnick died, you couldn’t have asked for a better replacement as keyboardist/music director for James Taylor than Larry Goldings ... "tailor made" for the gig. Check out the One Man Band concert, just James and Larry.
GratefulFred
Dec 28 2022
at 9:56 PM
Bookmark and Share My favorite release in 2022, and now one of my favorite albums of all time, is Vermillion by pianist Kit Downes (trio with bass and drums) on the ECM label.
MarcNebo
Dec 28 2022
at 9:30 PM
Bookmark and Share Sean Jones, Live From Jazz At The Bistro from several years ago. It was one of my favorite records the year it was released. Several days after seeing him live as a "special guest" with a local Jazz quartet, I did my usual deep listen with headphones. It is an excellent record and it reminded me why he is one of my favorite trumpet players. He has a great range from the Blues, Straight Ahead Jazz, to the church and more. He has total command of his trumpet.
MarcNebo
Dec 28 2022
at 9:23 PM
Bookmark and Share franksexton: Sariel was also my favorite, it totally knocked me out. patsfan, 100percent agreement about Pat, just look at what he has done recently. Side-Eye, From This Place Quartet, Road To The Sun, Unity Band and Unity Group and waiting for the Pat Metheny Big Band (it could happen). Almost forgot the Eberhard Weber Hommage.
patsfan
Dec 27 2022
at 8:52 PM
Bookmark and Share Frank …. Yeh, Faith Healer and Zero Tolerance are right down that alley. … Pat’s extremes …. I think only diehard fans would love these.. On the other hand, as I was riding along on a dreary rainy day, I selected what I consider the opposites, Episode’s Azur and The End of the World, maybe my most relaxing and philosophical tunes ever. But unlike most jazz artists, Pat is the most versatile and interesting ever.
MarcNebo
Dec 21 2022
at 6:19 PM
Bookmark and Share Maybe one of these years Pat might do a Christmas record. Antonio could do a killer version of The Little Drummer Boy. Pat playing Silent Night on the Pikasso Guitar. Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O record is very good and their live show is hilarious. Sunday I heard Tim Warfield’s Jazzy Christmas show at the Jazz Showcase. The band was Terell Stafford, Cyrus Chestnut, Warren Wolf, Rodney Whitaker, Clarence Penn and Lucy Yeghazaryan (vocals). Very good and fun show.
franksexton
Dec 21 2022
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Bookmark and Share patsfan, Sariel is my favorite track from that album. I like to follow that with Faith Healer from Trio-> Live and then the first track of Zero Tolerance for Silence.
naut
Dec 21 2022
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Bookmark and Share I hear that, Oystein. Oy vey - the world is meshuga for sure.
Oystein
Dec 20 2022
at 2:19 AM
Bookmark and Share Christmas music ... It`s everywhere ... All the time ... Never stops ... Help
MarcNebo
Dec 13 2022
at 11:26 PM
Bookmark and Share Goldings, Bernstein, Stewart : Perpetual Pendulum. Excellent organ trio with Larry Goldings (organ), Peter Bernstein (guitar) and Bill Stewart (drums). Different sounding than Joey DeFrancesco’s organ trios. Excellent playing by all with a lot of solos by all. Great recording with all musicians clearly recorded. Caught them Sunday for two shows at the Jazz Showcase. I highly recommend the record and to see them live. Larry Golding is one of the funniest Jazz musicians I have ever seen. He had the audience laughing the entire night. Bill Stewart put on a great show and several solos had Goldings and Bernstein smiling.
patsfan
Dec 12 2022
at 9:30 PM
Bookmark and Share I have been listening to Sariel …..anyone remember Sariel ?? Or maybe know the the biblical implications of Sariel … ?? I play it often at high volume, usually driving. From the album Tap…. A totally unique album…. The book of angels ! Amen.
seadog
Nov 22 2022
at 11:04 AM
Bookmark and Share Esbjörn Svensson, Home.S. New release of solo sessions he recorded in his basement a couple of weeks before his tragic death. Just WOW!!! Can’t believe how much I have missed this man’s music. His wife found them stored on a hard drive in 2017. Her story of listening to them for the first time, in the ACT recording studio is just heart breaking and heart warming at the same time. What a gift for the holidays! Only found out about this while listening to Lars Danielsson’s Liberetto (with Magnus Ostrom) and Wolfgang Haffner’s Kind of Tango. Can’t say enough about ACT. They’re recordings are magnificent, Reminds me of ECM in its glory.
MarcNebo
Nov 19 2022
at 4:03 PM
Bookmark and Share Side-Eye NYC. Listened to it the other night with headphones with lights off. I heard a lot of new things this time. I didn’t realize that it is mostly a organ trio record, with some great piano playing also. I think I would have enjoyed it more without the mini-Orchestrion percussion. It was really enjoying listening to the drummer playing but the Orchestrion effects distracted me slightly. I still think it’s an excellent record and everyone’s playing is excellent also.
molesoulsandal
Nov 19 2022
at 5:07 AM
Bookmark and Share mick goodrick: 1945-2022
naut
Nov 17 2022
at 3:48 AM
Bookmark and Share We Live Here. Every song a chiseled gem. Absolutely adore the album.
Kooltrane
Nov 14 2022
at 1:09 PM
Bookmark and Share All things Jonathan Kreisberg. Amazing guitarist-recently saw him play in Greenville,SC w/his quartet. Absolute monster.
facing west
Nov 14 2022
at 12:16 PM
Bookmark and Share Thanks, Marc. No question, Pat’s music is great to take on the inner headphone journey!
MarcNebo
Nov 13 2022
at 11:53 PM
Bookmark and Share facing west : I just Googled Waterproof headphones and saw several sites that recommended one pair of headphones and another with multiple choices. I was trying to think of a way to convert your Sennheiser headphones into waterproof. I did a lot of research and bought a pair of Grado SR225 headphones. Excellent sound and range.
MarcNebo
Nov 12 2022
at 12:40 PM
Bookmark and Share facing west : Great idea, I need to dig out that Downbeat interview. This year I had five letters to Downbeat (Chords & Discords) printed. By the way I have told many of my doctors and friends that I have had so many MRIs the last three years that I keep facing North.
facing west
Nov 12 2022
at 10:59 AM
Bookmark and Share Yeah, Marc. Every time I listen with headphones (which is most of the time) I hear something new in From This Place. Yes, Gwilym’s playing is sublime. He carries on in the spirit of Lyle, but makes it completely his own. Another thing that struck me is the ’fractal’ nature of the record. Pat talks about how his music is "all one thing" and that you can reverse engineer every record all the way back to Bright Size Life. That really jumps out of From This Place. I can hear elements of Secret Story (obviously), but also other records, like The Way Up. As for headphones, I’m a dedicated Sennheiser guy. I have three, and am in the market for something weather-proof. I have a Border Collie who likes to go out five or six times a day, which gives me lots of dedicated headphone time. But to come back to the record, I agree with you: From This Place is among Pat’s best, and may be his very best record (so far!).
facing west
Nov 11 2022
at 9:25 AM
Bookmark and Share Went back and re-read the brilliant DownBeat Magazine feature on From This Place by Suzanne Lorge. Pat really opened up to her, as he tends to do when he’s being interviewed by someone who understands the music (she is also a NY musician). Great insights, great quotes. Amazing, amazing record.
MarcNebo
Nov 10 2022
at 5:57 PM
Bookmark and Share facing west : Thank you for the kind words. Every time I listen to From This Place with my headphones I hear something I missed before. Last time it was how great Gwilym’s playing was and the time before the solid pulse and excellent solos of Linda May Han Oh. I kind of wish I would have spent less money on new speakers and more on my headphones. They are still excellent with a great range and natural sound. The ear cushions and headband were uncomfortable, but I found a company that had replacements that are very comfortable.
facing west
Nov 09 2022
at 2:33 PM
Bookmark and Share Great day to listen to From This Place, real loud on a walk with headphones. I agree with Marc Nebo: From This Place is a masterpiece. It captures the spirit of the moment, and transcends it as well. The whole record just knocks me out.
MarcNebo
Nov 07 2022
at 1:20 PM
Bookmark and Share After reading several reviews of the record I gave it a deep listen with my headphones. I had to agree with one review that the live recording makes it seem like you are right there in the concert hall. I would pay a lot for DVD of that performance or Virtual Reality video. Probably the best live recording I have ever heard and I have a large collection of live records. Highly recommend the record. I ordered two more copies for Christmas presents for two friends and may order several more for relatives.
MarcNebo
Nov 01 2022
at 4:55 PM
Bookmark and Share Ron Carter Golden Striker, Live At Theaterstubchen, Kassel.Ron’s excellent trio with Russell Malone (guitar) and Donald Vega (piano). Excellent live recording of this stellar trio that have been together for a long time. Very nice mix of music with a beautiful version of My Funny Valentine. I have seen this trio live at the Detroit Jazz Festival several times and was very pleased. I am very happy to find this live record of the trio. Everyone’s playing was great.
naut
Oct 30 2022
at 5:45 AM
Bookmark and Share Bill Laurance of the Pups beautiful new album "Affinity." Really, really sweet. (Is it sweet? you ask. ’Tis indeed.)
MarcNebo
Oct 29 2022
at 8:36 AM
Bookmark and Share I dug three Russell Malone CDs out of my collection. Triple Play (trio), Time For The Dancers and Love Looks Good On You (quartets). All are excellent records with great bands. Great solos and supportive playing by all. Russell has a great sound of his own, more straight-ahead Jazz like Wes and Jim Hall. He is in Ron Carter’s Golden Striker trio (bass, guitar and piano) and with Harry Connick and Diana Krall. Two of the records had one solo piece that was beautiful. I have seen him with Ron Carter’s trio, duo with Ron and his quartet many times. This year he appeared with a group of local musicians (Evanston IL) in a Les Paul Tribute. Always a great performance, always a gentleman. I found out he came in for a late dinner at one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants.
tiny_tim
Oct 27 2022
at 6:27 AM
Bookmark and Share There are uber maestros walking this planet earth....here is one of them......summit of mind blowing what Sergei Nakariakov is doing....a contemporary piece especially written for him by Jorg Widmann.....my jaw is still on the floor (full discloser...I play trumpet).....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI0YGQPPPCo&list=LL&index=12
Oystein
Oct 26 2022
at 4:32 PM
Bookmark and Share The song Two Lines from Weather Report`s -83 album Procession. Maybe my favourite WR track, with an insane bass- and-drum drive. Omar Hakim, Victor Bailey and Jose Rossy (perc) as new band members really groove, and on this tune especially. I was at a show on their Procession tour in -83, front row, and was worried that Omar would smash his kit to pieces during the song. It really took off, and Victor was amazing in his impossible task of filling Pastorius` shoes. Check it out
MarcNebo
Oct 23 2022
at 8:34 AM
Bookmark and Share Listened and watched the Ron Carter documentary, Finding The Right Notes. It took six years to film the video and filmed all around the World. A lot of interviews with Ron and other musicians. Current and archival concert videos and photographs. Very interesting profile of a great bassist and person. During the portion with one of his bands performing at the Detroit Jazz Festival I saw myself sitting in the audience. Ron was the artist-in-residence that year and had a different band play each of the four days. I ran into him at the DJF host hotel and asked him to sign his autobiography. The DVD of the documentary is available at the PBS store.
MarcNebo
Oct 17 2022
at 9:53 AM
Bookmark and Share From This Place. I haven’t listened to it for several months so I listened to it again the other night through a great pair of headphones. Once again I heard things I missed in previous listening sessions. I clearly heard the incredible bass playing of Linda May Han Oh whether soloing or her study pulse for the entire record. I also heard more of Pat’s playing than before. Every musician including the orchestra played at such I high level. The orchestral arrangements were the best I have ever heard on a Jazz record. It further reinforced my opinion that this is a masterpiece record from Pat and maybe his best ever.
Oystein
Oct 13 2022
at 2:46 AM
Bookmark and Share Pat Metheny Group - the Geffen recordings. On vinyl, because these records are not to be found on Spotify (my main source of music listening, I admit...).
Gyuri
Oct 11 2022
at 2:54 PM
Bookmark and Share Cds by Soulive back-to-back
MarcNebo
Oct 09 2022
at 11:31 PM
Bookmark and Share Upon further review listening to Smokin’ At The Half Note again, I like The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery more. Very close decision, but the two Blues songs (two versions) on the record broke the tie. I consider both essential records by Wes. If you haven’t heard either record I highly recommend both.
MarcNebo
Oct 05 2022
at 6:06 PM
Bookmark and Share The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery, very appropriate title for this excellent record. Widely considered the best record from the greatest Jazz guitarist. Quartet record with Tommy Flanagan (piano), Percy Heath (bass) and Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums). Mix of burners, ballads, Blues and Jazz standards. Wes’ playing is excellent and sounds fresh 62 years later. The other musicians support and solos are also excellent and it is a thoroughly great record. Back in 1960 Downbeat gave it a 5 Star review (Masterpiece) and I agree. This record and his Smokin’ At The Half Note are considered his best (Pat said the later is the greatest Jazz guitar record ever). I plan to listen to Smokin’ tonight to make my final vote. The recording quality also is excellent with every instrument clearly heard. As the liner notes say it’s "an essential addition to every jazz guitarist fan’s collection", and I am glad it’s in my collection.
Gyuri
Oct 04 2022
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Bookmark and Share "Session Masters" and "Deep Into It" by Larry Carlton - I think he plays with his son on bass on both. Great, mellow music
MarcNebo
Oct 02 2022
at 11:20 AM
Bookmark and Share Perpetual Pendulum, Goldings Bernstein Stewart, an excellent organ trio record. The trio has a thirty year history playing together. Larry Goldings isn’t at the level Joey DeFrancesco (yet), but may be considered the best organist after Joey’s passing. I saw Joey live twenty two times and have over a dozen of his records. I don’t think he ever had bandmates as great as Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart. I look at the trio as a collective, with no clear leader. In the extensive liner notes by Nate Chinen he mentions that after playing together for thirty years you kind of develop a telepathy when you play live or on a record. Excellent record and trio.
MarcNebo
Oct 02 2022
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Bookmark and Share Thank you all who responded to my post. That is the record that I thought patsfan meant, but thought there might be a bootleg record out there. I have the record and caught the SoCal part of the tour. Very good record and great show.
patsfan
Oct 02 2022
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Bookmark and Share Always loved Episode d’azure. …. From We Lived here …. Lyle’s great keyboards along with the most rhythmic and beautiful instrumentals. So peaceful . Like blue skies….
patsfan
Sep 30 2022
at 11:57 PM
Bookmark and Share Marc ……. You are very correct …. Indigo Dreamstakes is part of the album Parellel Realities…. 1990…. Great album with Pat, Herbie, etc.. Sorry to confuse u !!
naut
Sep 28 2022
at 6:05 PM
Bookmark and Share "Joni, you have more class than Mick Jagger, Richard Nixon or Gomer Pyle combined" and her exquisite laugh in response. Addictive.
patsfan
Sep 28 2022
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Bookmark and Share Marc ,.. you’re absolutely right ! It’s the Album Parallel Realities ! Thanks for the correction !
molesoulsandal
Sep 26 2022
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Bookmark and Share ’indigo dreamscapes’ is a dejohnette tune from the ’parallel realities’ album with pat & herbie.
franksexton
Sep 26 2022
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Bookmark and Share Indigo Dreamscapes is the album with Jack DeJohnette - drums; Pat Metheny - guitars; Dave Holland - bass; Herbie Hancock - keyboards
MarcNebo
Sep 25 2022
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Bookmark and Share patsfan : Never heard of that record and can’t locate at allmusic.com. Whose record was it?
patsfan
Sep 24 2022
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Bookmark and Share Ha be been listening to Indigo Dreamstakes….. Jack Dejonnette, Pat, Herbie Hancock, etc…. it’s a very beautiful album and I’ll listen to it forever ! And
facing west
Sep 24 2022
at 1:28 PM
Bookmark and Share Makaya McCraven’s latest, In These Times. Jazz with a hip hop sensibility. Another guy who is at home in the producer’s chair. Sounds like the future.
JamesInNC
Sep 23 2022
at 8:13 PM
Bookmark and Share Revealer...Madison Cunningham’s latest.
MarcNebo
Sep 23 2022
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Bookmark and Share Kenny Burrell, Be Yourself : Live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola from 2010. Another of Pat’s influences and I can see why. Excellently recorded live show with Benny Green on piano, Peter Washington and two young musicians on drums an tenor saxophone and flute.. Jazz Standards with a really Bluesy version of Bag’s Groove. Highly recommended especially for guitar fans. Excellent playing by all with the young musicians hanging in there with the three Jazz veterans. Check out Bag’s Groove at least, you’ll be glad you did.
Oystein
Sep 22 2022
at 8:42 AM
Bookmark and Share View With a Room - Julian Lage. Brilliant music that needs more listening.
MarcNebo
Sep 21 2022
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Bookmark and Share After re-listening to Jim Hall & Pat Metheny I played the three Jim Hall records (CD) in my collection. I first played Concierto with an all-star band. Excellent record widely considered his best. Next up was Jim Hall & Basses, duets and trios with Scott Colley, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, George Mraz "The Bad Czech" and Christian McBride. Very good record with excellent playing by all. Interesting idea with very good results. Last up was Subsequently with his new quartet with Toots Thielemans and a twenty year old saxophonist on several cuts. Another excellent Jim Hall record with a great band with a nice variety of music. The common thread through all three records is the quality of the recordings. Concierto was on CTI (Creed Taylor Inc.) and was recorded at Van Gelder Studios, doesn’t get better than that.
Gyuri
Sep 16 2022
at 4:23 PM
Bookmark and Share "Rollback" by Horslips, an unplugged recording of the legendary Irish band of the 1970s
MarcNebo
Sep 15 2022
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Bookmark and Share Metheny Mehldau & Metheny Mehldau Quartet, both excellent. My usual deep listening (headphones on, eyes closed) and listen to Pat’s Podcasts first. Pat & Brad had a great mutual admiration for each others music and over several years both said we should play together. When they finally got together they ended up with twelve duet songs and twelve with the quartet (Brad’s trio). Brad stated in one of the podcasts that they both wrote the music for the Metheny Mehldau Quartet (not Brad Mehldau Trio with Pat). Pat, Brad and Bob Hurwith (Nonesuch Records) decided to put 8 duets and 2 quartet tunes on Metheny Mehldau and 7 quartet and 4 duets on the Metheny Mehldau Quartet records. Both records are great with excellent playing by all four musicians. Excellent recording with excellent balance with all the instruments. Many excellent duets and quartet songs. Highly recommended by me. I would love to hear the three quartet tracks that were cut and a reunion tour and record.
molesoulsandal
Sep 15 2022
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Bookmark and Share ’course, love toots! the enemies of energy, the next step, deep song, the remedy and especially the heartcore album (as opposed to the record label which is great, too) are my faves from KR, altho it’s hard to pick just 3 or 4. i also dig his star of jupiter record - heck, i just love em all!
naut
Sep 14 2022
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Bookmark and Share Dat was you, mole-ster?? Well shut my mouth and call me Fried Potaters. Will wonders never cease? Anyhoo, I’ve been listening to a bunch of KR over the past few weeks, including some boots of him and Bernstein that’re good. I didn’t care much for Caipi when it first came out, but I like it a good deal better now. I still need to spin The Enemies of Energy & The Next Step. Also been listening to some Toots, with Lyle, Sco, Broadbent, McBride, Krall et al. Toots is always timeless and terrific. Toodle-loo (from da French)
molesoulsandal
Sep 13 2022
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Bookmark and Share thanks, sir naut . . . i was actually the author of the rosenwinkel quote you alluded to (as am sure you know), and still am diggin the shit outta all his stuff, including that ’caipi’ album . . . . . cheers to ya!!
naut
Sep 12 2022
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Bookmark and Share Back in the stone(d) age, somebody wrote: "just now listening to ’hold on’, from kurt rosenwinkel’s ’caipi’ album (btw, the entire album is unbelievably terrific!) . . . . has anyone noticed that kurt’s vocal on this tune sounds rather akin to ringo starr’s singing voice?" -- INDUBITABLY!
MarcNebo
Sep 04 2022
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Bookmark and Share John Scofield’s new record "John Scofield" solo guitar with Boomerang Looper (loops). Mostly cover tunes from Traditional, Jimmy Van Heusen (composer, not shirt-maker), Keith Jarrett and more of his favorite songs plus several original tunes. Very mellow music, but usual great playing by Scofield. The loops add interesting depth to the lead, like rhythm guitar. Pat’s most recent solo records were just Pat and a guitar and Bill Frisell’s most recent solo record "Music IS" had overdubs of other instruments and loops. Great article/interview in the July/August JazzTimes with Scofield and the record. I recommend checking it out.
naut
Sep 01 2022
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Bookmark and Share Lyle’s lovely keys on "Goodbye." - BTW, there’s a follow-up to MoodSwing and RoundAgain called LongGone due out Septober 9. Should be another good’un. (Now who might say that?)
MarcNebo
Aug 31 2022
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Bookmark and Share foxesfred : Moodswing was and still is a great record. I picked up Round Again (reunion of the now all-star band). I also caught the band live in Chicago back in April. All the musicians were excellent, especially Redman & McBride. So far my favorite show of the year. Great record also, check it out.
Oystein
Aug 31 2022
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Bookmark and Share The new release from Yellowjackets; Parallel Motion. Just good music.
foxesfred
Aug 28 2022
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Bookmark and Share Moodswing-Redman-Mehldau-McBride-Blade
MarcNebo
Aug 27 2022
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Bookmark and Share Jim Hall & Pat Metheny, another great but overlooked record. It’s been some years since I last listened to it, but I decided to check it out again. The Podcast with Pat Jim inspired me. In the Podcast Pat said his three favorite guitarist were Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and Jim Hall. The record was released in 1999 and is part live and part in the studio. Thankfully Pat was recorded on the Right channel and Jim on the Left, so when I used my headphones I didn’t need a program. I heard traces of Jim Hall in Pat’s playing on the record. My favorite track is Summertime, but the record is loaded with great songs. 4 of Pat’s tunes, 4 of Jim’s and 5 improvised songs and the rest by others.
MarcNebo
Aug 25 2022
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Bookmark and Share facing west : I agree and at Pat’s The Road To You podcast he said that record and Travels really showed where the band was at at that time. Check out the Podcast Pat said it a lot better than me. Also I think Pat’s at his best live in person or on record. It also shows how every time the play a song it’s different interpretation.
Kooltrane
Aug 22 2022
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Bookmark and Share Chicago Live at Carnegie Hall (don’t laugh all you PM Devotees). A dated, glorious, nostalgic mess, highlighted by bad recording and some inspired performances. Listen to "Ballet for a Girl in BUCKannon"-totally cool.
facing west
Aug 13 2022
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Bookmark and Share Thanks Marc. I think Travels (the album) from 1983 is also a good indication of where the band was at and where they were headed. But here’s the thing: if any other band had put out America Garage it would have been a high water mark. For Pat, it was an experiment among many. He also calls it research-and ultimately went in a different, more original direction. But if another band had put out American Garage, it would be their masterpiece. Similarly, The Beatles out-takes from The White Album would be considered another band’s best work. It’s just that Pat and The Beatles set such incredibly high standards, their ‘lesser’ work gets judged accordingly.
MarcNebo
Aug 12 2022
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Bookmark and Share facing west : You are right about not hearing songs played from American Garage from 1979-1983. I went to a great source for Pat’s concerts, Pat Metheny Database. Frequently the set lists are shown. In 1979 and 1980 the PMG only played 3-4 songs from AG. From 1981-1983 it looks like (Cross The) Heartland and American Garage were played to end the shows. I remember after the PMG (White Album) came out, most of the songs from it were played at every show I saw for quite a few years. Pat has two posts at Question & Answer at this website. Search "American Garage" to locate them. I was never a Beatles fan, so I have no comment on their White Album.
facing west
Aug 12 2022
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Bookmark and Share Molesoul, I agree with that critic … The Beatles White Album would be better as a single. :)
molesoulsandal
Aug 10 2022
at 10:39 AM
Bookmark and Share a ’critic’ was giving paul mccartney shit one time about that the beatles’ ’white album’ would have been ’better’ if it were a single album rather than a double album and paulie said to this ’critic’: ’hey - it’s the bloody beatles’ white album - shaddup!’ . . . . . . . . . i think i could say the same thing to all of you ’american garage’ naysayers: ’it’s the bloody pat metheny group’s american garage album - shaddup!’
facing west
Aug 10 2022
at 9:08 AM
Bookmark and Share Did a search on PMG at Convocation Hall and its listed as 1982. Found it in a story about Linda Manzer -- that was the night she famously met Pat face-to-face. So 1982, the Offramp tour? I mostly remember tunes from the White Album. Even though I was in the very last row, it was still an awesome show (my first live Pat experience). I still stand by my original comment--I don’t remember any tunes from American Garage.
facing west
Aug 06 2022
at 9:38 AM
Bookmark and Share Marc, I agree that American Garage (the album) sounds of its time. Hey, they were young guys. It’s hard to believe that the White Album (Pat Metheny Group) actually came first. The White Album is so advanced & cohesive: a landmark 70s album. I believe I saw the White Album tour at Convocation Hall in Toronto, and I don’t think they played anything from American Garage. What I do remember is that after the show, the guy beside said American Garage was his fave record. He wasn’t disappointed (it was a killer show), just sounded kind of wistful. But I don’t think many of those AG songs were toured a whole lot. Curious if you or others have thoughts on that.
MarcNebo
Aug 05 2022
at 9:20 PM
Bookmark and Share Oystein : Glad someone else appreciates it. I also agree that Watercolors, "The White Album", and Offramp hold up today. I listened to American Garage recently and it sounded dated.
Oystein
Aug 05 2022
at 7:16 AM
Bookmark and Share Marc: Watercolors is one of my favourite Pat M. recordings. It`s the precursor to the first Pat Metheny Group. Eberhart Weber does some fantastic bass work here, passing on the fretless torch to Mark Egan in the following years. I bought this album immediately after having been struck by lightning by the release of the "white album" a few days before... Favourite tracks are Icefire; a beautiful solo piece from Pat, and River Quay, a tune that points the direction for the later PMG. I still give Watercolors a spin on the vinyl player quite often. Timeless.
facing west
Aug 01 2022
at 10:07 AM
Bookmark and Share Listening to Dougie Stu’s 2020 album Familiar Future. Love it. Got that great Chicago post-progressive sound. Jeff Parker on guitar. Shades of Lonnie Liston Smith and Alice Coltrane. This is on heavy rotation at my house. Jeff Parker is one of the most interesting guitarists around, and Dougie Stu’s music is a great way to check him out.
MarcNebo
Jul 28 2022
at 9:50 PM
Bookmark and Share Pat’s second record, Watercolors with Lyle Mays (piano only), Eberhard Weber and Dan Gottlieb. I think an excellent overlooked record by Pat. Distinct ECM production, but unmistakable Pat guitar playing and compositions. Some of Lyle’s best piano playing. Pat does a 15-string Harpguitar solo (unaccompanied). I think this record holds up well today. Several songs were familiar from the early year live shows. This music was some of the songs I first heard at my first few shows by the PMG back in 1977 and 1978. It was at the Amazingrace Coffeehouse in Evanston IL. I currently live a block from where it was. Anyone else a fan of Watercolors? What’s your take?
MarcNebo
Jul 28 2022
at 8:23 PM
Bookmark and Share Pat Metheny Group, American Garage. I liked it when it was released, but I liked the previous record Pat Metheny Group (the white album) and Offramp a lot more. This listening AG sounded dated and Pat’s come a long way. I’ve read twice at here at Question And Answer that Pat has said that record has not been one of his favorite. He even said he doubled over laughing when he listened to it twenty years later. I think this is the only one of Pat’s first ten records that doesn’t hold up today. BSL was groundbreaking and Watercolors was very much in the ECM sound. Somehow Pat was able to record for ECM for many years, but have more control than other artists on the label. It was probably part his personality and confidence.
naut
Jul 27 2022
at 9:54 AM
Bookmark and Share All of Sun Bear Concerts
facing west
Jul 22 2022
at 6:00 PM
Bookmark and Share Nick Walters and the Paradox Orchestra’s Implicate Order. Nick is the best ensemble composer since Pat Metheny. You heard it here first.
tiny_tim
Jul 19 2022
at 3:18 PM
Bookmark and Share What I would not give (since ever)... to pay for my (most beautiful) musical virus .... for a time travel device for this.....hands up my fellow Metheny tribe? Takers??? I am fully invested.... be a witness.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oAoSZ2y1cw
Dudely
Jul 03 2022
at 10:54 PM
Bookmark and Share Paul Simon Rhythm Of The Saints
MarcNebo
Jul 01 2022
at 2:38 PM
Bookmark and Share If you are interested in the Jazz scene across "the Pond" checkout Jazzwise magazine. They mostly write about non- US based musicians. Very pricey magazine (mailed from England), but Digital Edition available also. Great magazine, but Downbeat and JazzTimes works best for me. The July issue of Downbeat had an article New Sounds From Europe! They asked five of their European to select 15 musicians or groups for the article.
BobSmith1
Jul 01 2022
at 2:03 PM
Bookmark and Share facing west-Yeah, the Kaidi Tatham is really something and great driving music as long as you don’t get too into it! I totally agree with the William Gibson quote. Interesting the line of influence from Donald Byrd/Mizell Bros. to today and Theo Croker’s studies with him. Yeah and speaking of the UK scene, another record that you must hear if you already haven’t is Hemai (Louie Hemus) and his album "Strange Beauty". This record is pretty much indescribable and I think he plays many of the instruments on it. At 22 years old it just makes you wonder...where does this stuff come from? How does someone digest and process seemingly all music from everywhere and create something brand new at such a young age? Genius I guess. I think someone reviewed it and said it was like jazz from Mars but man it is funky and musical and so dense and complex you can hear something new every time! If you check out Little Dragon, their first self-titled is really good and for Moonchild my favorite is Voyager.
facing west
Jul 01 2022
at 8:46 AM
Bookmark and Share Hey Bob, thank you for the recommendations. I’m sitting here in the morning sunshine listening to Kaidi Tatham: An Insight to All Minds real loud. Great stuff, and more proof that the UK music scene is really happening. From what I’ve read so far, Kaidi is in the ’legendary’ category--so happily I’ve got a lot more to explore. Will also check out your other recommendations as well. As for Theo, my take is that BLK2LifeIIA Future Past and Love Quantum are the work of a visionary artist. Theo and Kaidi’s music remind me of the William Gibson quote: "The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed." BTW, Theo studied with Donald Byrd at Oberlin. I think Donald Byrd’s jazz - funk records with the Mizell Brothers back in the day are hugely influential on the jazz+funk+r&b+hip hop scene today. Of course, the critics didn’t like it. It’s not easy being ahead of your time.
BobSmith1
Jun 30 2022
at 10:53 AM
Bookmark and Share facing west--discovered Theo Croker by chance on the new discoveries channel on Tidal. Amazing! My intro was his record Blk2life//A Future Past and I’ve just started listening to his new one, Love Quantum. He has an interesting bio, spent a long period of residence in Shanghai and graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory. There’s something big going on in the modern Jazz/Funk/R&B world these days, really outside the box stuff. If you haven’t already you might want to check out Kaidi Tatham: An Insight To All Minds, and a guy from Montreal, Anomalie (Nicolas Dupuis) from Montreal and his new album Galerie (especially his take on Herbie Hancock’s Come Running To Me). Also, anything by Moonchild or Little Dragon.
naut
Jun 30 2022
at 8:26 AM
Bookmark and Share "The Beatitudes," composed by Vladimir Martynov and performed by Kronos Quartet.
facing west
Jun 27 2022
at 3:13 PM
Bookmark and Share Theo Croker’s new album, Love Quantum. Second great album in two years from Theo, who is Doc Cheatam’s grandson and a former student of Donald Byrd. Soul-jazz-funk-hip-hop-r&b summer music supreme.
MarcNebo
Jun 23 2022
at 12:05 PM
Bookmark and Share BobSmith1, Very funny story about the Rodby trio show. During the show a homeless man strolled in to get out of the cold weather. The club owner quickly turned him away and he left dropping F-bombs as he left. The two glass Exit doors were offset so as he opened the first door, he walked right into the glass window next to the outside door. Loud impact noise, but no damage done. John Campbell the pianist announced every time we play Round Midnight something happens.
bt1972
Jun 20 2022
at 10:41 PM
Bookmark and Share "White Caps"- From Dave Liebman's album of 10+ years ago featuring Pat laying down some seriously unique sounds on (I assume) the GR300. Arkadia Jazz All-Stars "Out and Out jazz" recording, featuring many other greats as well (Chris Potter, John Patitucci).
BobSmith1
Jun 13 2022
at 10:16 AM
Bookmark and Share MarcNebo--The Great Lawn is a wonderful record, very unique, brilliant and quite unknown. From a search I see that Mr. Rodby has been artist in residence at UW School of Music in Seattle since 2018. Those lucky students! I wonder who the guitarist and pianist was that you saw him with in Evanston? Fred Simon and and David Onderdonk come to mind but you probably would have remembered them. Haven’t heard from Fred in the Garage for a while. Fred’s "Remember The River" and "Since Forever" are two great outings with Steve on bass and you can really hear him in the mix.
Dudely
Jun 13 2022
at 7:48 AM
Bookmark and Share Hold The Line Toto
MarcNebo
Jun 12 2022
at 1:28 PM
Bookmark and Share BobSmith1 : Great analysis of Steve Rodby, and I agree 100percent. Steve’s career with the Pat Metheny Group started with Offramp (1981) and ended with The Way Up (2005), the last PMG record. I think Pat had respect, trust and the realization that Steve had a lot to offer the band right from the start Pat, Lyle and Steve have been the constant in the ever evolving band lineup and responsible for the distinct sound of the PMG. Within four years from his entry in the band, Steve was the co-producer of every record under Pat’s name to this day (Side-Eye). Steve has always been one of my favorite bass players and I would love to see him playing live with Pat again. Twenty-four years as the PMG bassist and 37 years as co-producer, that must be a record. Years ago I got to see Steve live in a small Jazz club in Evanston IL. He was playing in a trio with a Chicago-based guitarist and pianist. I still have his duo LP with the guitarist, Ross Traut, The Great Lawn.
BobSmith1
Jun 10 2022
at 3:20 PM
Bookmark and Share Paul McCandless "Turning To You" from Premonition. Struck again by Steve Rodby’s unique bass playing. It’s so hard to describe his bass genius/describe his thing. Subtlety, precision, very drum-connected, a sort of band leading encyclopedic knowledge of all parts of a song but especially the melody, in the sense of moving the song forward in a way that if you listen closely, almost seems as if he’s playing a micro-fraction of a second in front of the changes, guiding the way forward, but supporting and being aware of every part of the song at all times. All the greats do this but each in their own totally unique, individual way. Marc Johnson and Dave Holland come to mind and there are others. But Steve does this thing that he tracks the melody in a way that is so subtle and understated, but if you train your ear to listen to what he’s doing it blows you away. He just seems to know the exact right thing to play in each instant, like there could be no other perfectly appropriate set of notes possible. No wonder he is such demand as a player, producer and teacher. He is a bass player that is totally inimitable.
molesoulsandal
Jun 08 2022
at 8:48 PM
Bookmark and Share ’a long time ago in a village of pain . . . . ron and i endeavored to stop the pain’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . we’re still listening to ’third wind’ - it’s still beyond what we all thought was coming up. here on the ’garage’ we used to have ’naut’ & ’mole’ - now we have ’dudely’ & ’marc’. it’s all so cute but nobody ever shows up - it’s like a play . . . . . . one where no one ever comes out onstage. these kiddos are without feathers sometimes, and it’s always funny when they don’t show, isn’t it? keeping it between the ditches, i remain, molesoulsandal. highest regards to the naut man - he’s one of a special kind, says i.
Dudely
Jun 08 2022
at 6:06 PM
Bookmark and Share Marc, that’s a band. YouTube Silver Lining and tell me what you think.
Dudely
Jun 07 2022
at 10:05 AM
Bookmark and Share Rush Cold Fire
Dudely
Jun 06 2022
at 11:31 PM
Bookmark and Share Donald Fagen The New Breed
Dudely
Jun 04 2022
at 2:11 PM
Bookmark and Share And I am listening and watching the French Open at this very moment, contemporaneously, as they/ I, say OLEY!
Dudely
Jun 04 2022
at 1:57 PM
Bookmark and Share Greg Laswell The One I Love
MarcNebo
Jun 02 2022
at 10:21 PM
Bookmark and Share Bill Frisell Trio (Thomas Morgan, bass and Rudy Royston, drums) Valentine. Very good record with excellent playing by all. Rudy is one of my favorite drummers and is under-rated is very creative on this record. Thomas Morgan is a great bass player. I have two Frisell records that are duos with Morgan. Bill says Thomas has a telepathic way of knowing what Frisell is playing next. My only complaint is the record doesn’t have enough variety in tempo or dynamics. Frisell is always #1 or #2 in the annual Downbeat Critics Poll. Pat’s lower on the list and #1 every year in the annual Downbeat Readers Poll. Personally I think Pat is superior in playing and variety in his records.
MarcNebo
Jun 02 2022
at 10:10 PM
Bookmark and Share Dudely, is that a band or do you need a First Aid Kit?
MarcNebo
May 31 2022
at 9:37 PM
Bookmark and Share facing west, I was amazed how well it fit in with that song. I may have to see what other Pat songs he will join in with. Any suggestions welcome. Every morning I am serenaded by many birds outside my windows. I am on the third floor of a condominium I am in a corner unit so I have an East view (facing east0 and a South view. Lots of tall and full trees and power lines for the birds to perch on. I will let everyone here now if I ever get a bird chorus to sing along to one of Pat’s songs.
Dudely
May 30 2022
at 11:35 PM
Bookmark and Share First Aid Kit
facing west
May 30 2022
at 8:21 PM
Bookmark and Share Yeah, Marc. You know you’re playing the right stuff when the Cardinals join in.
MarcNebo
May 30 2022
at 3:37 PM
Bookmark and Share The Secret Story Deluxe Edition, Bonus CD. While I was listening to the second track, Look Ahead a male Cardinal in the treetop off my balcony (3rd floor) joined in. It worked so well that I had to look at the song credits. I wasn’t in the room with my stereo so it sounded like it was on the CD. He sat out the last three songs, maybe didn’t know those songs.
facing west
May 28 2022
at 8:41 AM
Bookmark and Share Loving Ravi Shankar’s Chants of India, produced by George Harrison in 1997. Not sure how I overlooked this masterpiece. The album reunites Shankar and Harrison with English musician and arranger John Barham. Just superb.
Oystein
May 25 2022
at 3:22 AM
Bookmark and Share Moving Forward, by the key player Oli Howe and his trio. Could be described as `70/`80s jazz with 2022-chops. Brilliant musicians that shine all the way through this album, and tese guys may just be the future of music. My favourite track so far, is "Too Many Kicks".
facing west
May 20 2022
at 10:13 AM
Bookmark and Share A young multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer called Sly5thAve. Everything he does is worth checking out. Some of it has a Miles Davis meets Gil Evans vibe. His latest, Agua de Jamaica, was recorded in Mexico City. I’ve never been, but this album makes me feel like I’m right there on the streets.
naut
May 20 2022
at 4:58 AM
Bookmark and Share Joey Alexander’s new one, Origin. Larry on bass, Kendrick on skins, Gilad on six-string on three tracks, and Chris on soprano & tenor on three tracks. Pat’s bound to like this one. I sure do.
Dudely
May 14 2022
at 9:23 PM
Bookmark and Share Check out The Mighty Oaks; Just One Day
MarcNebo
May 07 2022
at 4:04 PM
Bookmark and Share Air by Martin Wind New York Bass Quartet. I believe five of the songs feature only the four bassist playing and the other songs are with Lenny White, Matt Wilson on drums and Gary Versace (piano, organ, accordion). Beautiful compositions and arrangement and excellent playing by all. The record starts and ends with Air by JS Bach (first four bass version and trio version at the end. Only three originals from Martin Wind, a Beatles Medley, Birdland (Weather Report), Tell Her You Saw Me (Pat) and Silence (Charlie Haden). It’s an excellent feel good record with a lot of surprises. Amazing how four bassist playing together can generate such high & low volume. I highly recommend it.
Oystein
May 05 2022
at 2:59 AM
Bookmark and Share Jazz Sabbath vol. 1 and 2. Interesting approach, and a great tribute to the pioneers of heavy rock. ...for those of us who enjoy multiple musical genres.
naut
Mar 25 2022
at 9:14 PM
Bookmark and Share It’s astounding just how terrific a pianist Michel Petrucciani was.
bluepno
Mar 15 2022
at 11:42 AM
Bookmark and Share Creation...Jarrett
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