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bevCyclone
Feb 07 2011
at 3:01 PM
What music are you listening to now?
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Oystein
May 21 2024
at 4:32 PM
Bookmark and Share W. A. Mozart; Piano Concerto #9 and #18 performed by the supreme pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. One of my favourite classical pieces
naut
May 05 2024
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Bookmark and Share Bill Laurance (he of the Pups) & the Untold Orchestra "Bloom" and Tim Garland’s "Moment of Departure." Both records are built around beautiful orchestration, and the latter features terrific keys by Gwilyn Simcock. (How could it be otherwise?) I love both of these new albums. (Please pardon the subsequent posts. To me this is as much a recommendations subject as it is a "listening to now" one.)
naut
Apr 17 2024
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Bookmark and Share Hiromi. I have about a dozen of her records, which I like to listen to with my extra special headphones. Has anybody caught her current tour with the SonicWonder band? I’m thinking about going to see them tomorrow night.
Johns
Apr 16 2024
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Bookmark and Share Bright Size Life, Unity Village, Watercolors, Lakes, and more...it’s Pat tonight.
MarcNebo
Apr 09 2024
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Bookmark and Share Chris Potter’s new record Eagle’s Point with Brad Mehldau, John Patitucci and Brian Blade (doesn’t get better than that for a supergroup). Excellent record and recording of eight Potter originals from ballads to burners. Excellent playing by all and great mixing job in the studio. I now have a four way tie for favorite tenor saxophonist (Chris Potter, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman and Eric Alexander) because of this record. This year I have already heard Eric and Branford live and will be seeing Joshua next week. I really hope that I can catch this band live this year. Very highly recommended record IMO.
MarcNebo
Apr 08 2024
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Bookmark and Share After writing the preceding review of John Scofield’s, I looked through my Scofield CDs and selected a CD that was one of my favorites. From 2011, A Moment’s Peace with Larry Goldings (organ & piano0, Scott Colley (acoustic bass) and Brian Blade (drums) making for a excellent quartet. Nothing but ballads, five Scofield originals and seven from others (Lennon/McCartney, Carla Bley, George and Ira Gershwin, and others. Beautiful music and great playing by all. Brian Blade has an incredible range from a quiet supporting role to thunderous drumming, this time the former. Will re-listened to some other favorite Scofield records, but this one might be my favorite after my re-listening the other night.
MarcNebo
Apr 07 2024
at 9:40 PM
Bookmark and Share John Scofield, Uncle John’s Band with Vicente Archer on acoustic bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Very good double- record with seven songs written by Scofield and seven by others (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Miles Davis, Leonard Bernstein and others). Excellent recording with all instruments clearly heard and Scofield using a lot of guitar effects. Worth checking out, not my favorite from Sco, but still a great addition to my Scofield collection. Just like Pat, Scofield has a lot of diverse records.
naut
Apr 07 2024
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Bookmark and Share Listening again to Croz’s last record, "For Free." I love "I Think I" among a host of great tunes. His duet with Sarah Jarosz on Joni’s tune is maybe the finest shared singing I’ve ever heard. The phrasing is as tight and in sync as it could possibly be. It finally dawned on me why David wrote: "It is still a joy to make this music for you even though we no longer get paid for it."
MarcNebo
Mar 14 2024
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Bookmark and Share Listened and watched PMG Imaginary Day Live DVD. I hadn’t watched it or listened to the CD in a long time. Very good concert video with the quartet plus Mark Ledford, Philip Hamilton and Jeff Haynes. Several excellent songs, especially duo with Pat and Lyle on "September Fifteenth". I didn’t watch the Special Features (Band Biographies and Reflections on Imaginary Day (An interview with Pat Metheny)). I have several Pat DVDs that I like more, but this still was very good.
naut
Mar 10 2024
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Bookmark and Share Billy Childs, "A Man Chasing the Horizon." A lot of affinity with tunes Pat’s written or might write. Antonio on drums. / foxesfred, that new Potter you mentioned is very good. Been listening to it lately also.
Oystein
Mar 10 2024
at 6:53 AM
Bookmark and Share Lyle Mays - Biblioteque Nationale live `84. All four songs on this live record were later released in `86, (Highland Aire), `88 (August) and `93 (Fictionary and Falling Grace). ...which means he had been sitting on these compositions many years before he released them on record. Just a thought :)
foxesfred
Mar 08 2024
at 12:11 PM
Bookmark and Share The New Chris Potter release-Eagles Point. Brad Melhdau, Brian Blade, and John/ Patitucci.
MarcNebo
Mar 03 2024
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Bookmark and Share Saturday night I revisited "Jim Hall & Pat Metheny" and gave it a deep-listen using my headphones. I mentioned in my post back on August 27, 2022 how much I liked the record. This time I appreciated it even more. Pat and Jim’s playing together is seamless, which I think is amazing because five of the tunes are improvised. It’s an excellent record with songs penned by Jim, Pat and others. I thoroughly enjoyed ever track on the record, with some great versions of some of Pat’s classic songs. Another great addition to my Pat’s favorite record list. If you haven’t checked out this record, do it now.
MarcNebo
Feb 27 2024
at 9:57 PM
Bookmark and Share Wynton Kelly Trio Wes Montgomery, Smokin’ At The Half Note. After reading reviews about the record in his biography (Wes Montgomery : His Life And His Music) I listened to it again. I now know why Pat said "It is the best guitar album ever made." and "Wes’s solo on "If You Could See Me Now" is the greatest guitar solo I have ever heard." I was extremely impressed by the solo also. The entire record is worth checking out.
MarcNebo
Feb 12 2024
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Bookmark and Share Dexter Gordon, Manhattan Symphonie. Last night I finished reading Dexter’s autobiography/biography (finished by his wife, Maxine). I listened to three of his CDs in my collection while reading the book. Excellent read and this record was my favorite. It’s been a long time since I last listened to any of his records, so I forgot what a great tenor saxophonist he was. I especially liked his version of Moment’s Notice (John Coltrane) and Body And Soul. An excellent band and recording
naut
Feb 06 2024
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Bookmark and Share "Passengers"
MarcNebo
Jan 24 2024
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Bookmark and Share Branford Marsalis Quartet, "FOUR MFs PLAYIN’ TUNES" and "THE SECRET BETWEEN THE SHADOW AND THE SOUL". Both are excellent records from an excellent band. I highly recommend that you check out both records. I saw the quartet live last night and it was the best show I have seen by them (at least six times before).
MarcNebo
Jan 10 2024
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Bookmark and Share Bright Size Life : Last night was the first time I listened to it on my headphones. I did my usual routine last night with lights out and eyes closed. I always have thought it was one of Pat’s many masterpiece records, but I got another level of appreciation by using the headphones to hear how great Pat, Jaco and Bob Moses playing blended so well. It was very obvious when Pat played the twelve string electric guitar as it had a very distinct sound.
MarcNebo
Dec 21 2023
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Bookmark and Share molesoulsandal & naut : I feel like I need to add something to we can make a sentence, so here goes my contribution "Love May Take Awhile" Something To Remind You Love May Take Awhile To The End Of The World. My other choice was "Better Days Ahead" Merry Christmas to all at the AG.
Oystein
Dec 21 2023
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Bookmark and Share "September Fifteenth" ...the most beautiful song ever written by humans
MarcNebo
Dec 20 2023
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Bookmark and Share I only bought about eight CDs this year, but the all were excellent or great. Pat Metheny Dream Box was my top pick for 2023. It held up very well with repeat listening and I always hear something new when I listen to it again. I still have been unable to find an article or video saying which guitar was used on each track.
molesoulsandal
Dec 20 2023
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Bookmark and Share ’something to remind you’
naut
Dec 19 2023
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Bookmark and Share "To the End of the World"
MarcNebo
Oct 31 2023
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Bookmark and Share Isaiah J Thompson, The Power Of The Spirit, live recording with his quartet at Dizzy’s in NYC. Recently I read an article about Isaiah in Downbeat and because of it I caught him live with John Pizzarelli. Pizzarelli was very good, but Isaiah was excellent. This record got 4 1/2 Stars in Downbeat (I give it 5 Stars. It’s excellent and his band couldn’t be tighter. Beautiful compositions by Isaiah and superb playing by all. The title song has three distinct parts to it and the third part reminded me of the John Coltrane Quartet with McCoy Tyner. One of my favorite records for 2023 and I have many other great ones. It is so good I just bought three for Christmas presents for friends and family.
bsl8081
Oct 27 2023
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Bookmark and Share “Purest Form” LFG!
bsl8081
Oct 27 2023
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Bookmark and Share Rose Water by James Francis and then the next song on that album, etc etc
facing west
Oct 18 2023
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Bookmark and Share I agree Grant Green is well worth checking out. I hadn’t heard of him until Walter Becker referenced him in an interview. Green has a great sound, and I think you can actually hear his influence on Walter Becker.
molesoulsandal
Oct 18 2023
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Bookmark and Share carla bley - she will be missed.
HAMBONE
Oct 17 2023
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Bookmark and Share I haven’t posted here in a few years- for no particular reason. But I wanted to chime in to give some credit to one of my favorite guitarists whose playing always seemed to be overshadowed by other great players, Grant Green. I’ve been listening to The Latin Bit in particular lately, mainly because of the great Latin percussion of Poato Valdez along with Grant’s sweet sound. He was such a versatile performer who inspired so many after his early death. Like many of the other great jazz musicians from that era his light shined bright but not long enough.
MarcNebo
Oct 15 2023
at 3:09 PM
Bookmark and Share James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet For Mahalia With Love/James Brandon Lewis Lutosiawski Quartet (Double CD). The Mahalia Jackson record is Lewis’ instrumental interpretation of Mahalia’s most popular songs. Just like her vocals the music goes from a whisper to a roar. His excellent band provides great support and solos. Lewis’ tenor sax and the trumpet player sound a lot like Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry at times. Beautiful record with several brief moments of Free Jazz. The second record is with Lewis’ tenor and a string quartet playing his compositions that touch on the history of African-American music from its folk traditions of blues, spirituals and jazz. Beautiful com[positions and playing by all. One movement was Free Jazz, which was cool for a string quartet play. Some of the movements almost brought me to tears and others made me smile. I highly recommend you check out this record.
naut
Oct 05 2023
at 11:53 AM
Bookmark and Share John Adams’ "Century Rolls" -- Ax, Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra (Nonesuch) -- whose First Movement has an uncannily striking similarity to Part One of "The Way Up."
tiny_tim
Oct 02 2023
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Bookmark and Share ....and their seminal 1998 release "Almost Here"....saw them in Bush Hall/Shepards Bush/London on 20 September 2023 and was blown away. They did this entire album front to back. They disbanded in 2000 and reformed very very rarely for some one- off gigs (they played in Oxford too at the legendary Jericho Tavern this time)....Andy Yorke (Thom’s younger brother) was just outstanding on vox and the band were spot on and this venue lent itself to atmosphere and great acoustics....A couple of their charts that I found were poignant.
MarcNebo
Sep 28 2023
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Bookmark and Share The Way Up , DVD from 2006 filmed live in Korea. I kind of forgot what a cool concept the record and tour was. Excellent band with the quartet as the core and with the additional musicians added a lot of color to the music. There was so much going on on stage when I saw the tour in San Diego that I missed many things the band was doing. The video gave me a better appreciation of the record and show. I always thought it was a great performance, but didn’t realize all the sounds Cuong Vu generated through his trumpet and electronic effects. At the end of the video Pat spoke for close to thirty minutes about the record, the band and several more things. I had another Hernia Surgery on Monday, this time a Double Hernia and can’t return to work until late October. I’ll be posting some more Pat DVDs and other records here the next three weeks.
Oystein
Sep 15 2023
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Bookmark and Share Listening for the zillionth time to McLaughlin`s Electric Dreams. My favourite from his catalogue. Amazing musicians; Shankar, Stu Goldberg on keys, Fernando Saunders on bass, Tonu Smith on drums and the percussionist Alerio Lima. ...and last but not least: Sanborn. Never get tired of this, even after some 43 years :D
MarcNebo
Aug 26 2023
at 11:35 PM
Bookmark and Share Tonight I finished watching the Speaking Of Now DVD (live from 2002). Excellent documentation of the PMG at that time. Reinforced why Antonio Sanchez is my favorite drummer, excellent and creative solos. Great to watch Lyle again and see what a great pianist he was. Always appreciated Steve Rodby’s great bass playing. I also forgot how much Cuong Vu and Richard Bona brought to that edition of the PMG. Excellently filmed and recorded DVD. It refreshed my memory for the live show I caught that year in San Diego. Another and unusual version of Are You Going With Me? with Pat doing a great introduction on the Pikasso Guitar and Cuong Vu coming in on trumpet. A short, but sweet version of a classic tune.
MarcNebo
Aug 24 2023
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Bookmark and Share As I mentioned in several of my posts, I am holding out listening to Dream Box until I see the October 1st show. Tuesday night I was celebrating my 69th Birthday at my favorite restaurant. I frequently turn him on to my favorite records and that night mentioned Dream Box. He was playing some great music through his Smart Phone through their sound system When I heard a solo guitar song I asked him what it was, he said it was a track from Dream Box. It was an excellent song and I didn’t recognize any of Pat’s regular guitar sounds. I assume it was one of the three vintage guitars used on the record. I still plan to hold out until October 2nd. The live show will probably be excellent.
MarcNebo
Aug 24 2023
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Bookmark and Share bsl8081: Have you listened to Song X : Twentieth Anniversary record. Last night I finished my deep listen to that record. It was remastered with the new recording technology available in 2005 and the first six tracks were added that didn’t fit on the CD format back in 1995. Upon this re-listening I have a new appreciation for the record. I think at the time of the original release that the added songs were a little to "out" for Pat’s fans. I am still amazed how well Pat’s guitars and Ornette’s saxophone blend and weave. Incredible pulse from Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette and Denardo Coleman. Great record, but I prefer the John Zorn and Pat record Tap more. I can’t fully appreciate some of Ornette’s playing.
tiny_tim
Aug 20 2023
at 2:59 AM
Bookmark and Share bsl8081 ...the trajectory of Talk Talk is fascinating to the end..... their gig at 1986 edition of Montreux Jazz Festival... on a hot July night ... at the old Casino (before moving to the present day main venue-Auditorium Stravinski) ... is the stuff for ages.....
bsl8081
Aug 18 2023
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Bookmark and Share After the singular greatness of their previous album, Talk Talk came back with an album that went even deeper into the recesses of the spiritual mind. The album garnered comparisons to Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way for its placid surfaces and its deep emotional concerns. Singer Mark Hollis is working through his own personal soul music here. With the help of producer-multi-instrumentalist Tim Friese- Greene and a large variety of external musicians, including a classical ensemble, Talk Talk break through all the barriers of pop music and occasionally into the trance-like work of Steve Roach and David Sylvian. “Myrrhman” sets a dark tone. For a relatively brief five-and-a half-minutes, the dynamic never raises above a murmur. “Ascension Day” is nearly celebratory in comparison, with Hollis pulling out his Stevie Winwood-inspired blue-eyed soul among the ambient and avant-garde textures. “After the Flood” takes things to a brutal extreme with the organ doing serious battle. It’s an absolutely essential album and it would be Talk Talk’s final. All that followed was Mark Hollis’ excellent 1998 solo album and then his retirement.…….from Apple Music
MarcNebo
Aug 17 2023
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Bookmark and Share Tap, the Pat & John Zorn project. It was the first time I listened to it last night on my headphones with the lights off and eyes closed (no distractions). I have a deeper level of appreciation of it now. I always thought it was an excellent record, but I didn’t notice how aurally dense the recording is. With Pat playing so many instruments on the record and Antonio making his contributions the music is as dense as the Orchestrion projects. My two favorite tracks are Sariel and Phanuel. Once again, with Pat’s most recent records it’s all about his composing. He keeps getting better and better.
MarcNebo
Aug 03 2023
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Bookmark and Share bsl8081: I already had the original Song X when it came out, but years ago I got the special edition with extra tracks. Thank you for reminding me that I need to listen to it again. It was very cool to see this combination work. Pat was an Ornette fan from Bright Size Life, but I wasn’t sure they could create such a masterpiece.
MarcNebo
Aug 02 2023
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Bookmark and Share naut: John and Shatki are playing at the same Chicago suburban venue that I saw Side-Eye at in June. I am not going, not a big fan of the band and lack of money this year. Expensive venue doesn’t help.
naut
Aug 02 2023
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Bookmark and Share Shakti "This Moment." Shakti, like few others, save for Pat, Keith when he was recording, Oregon, electric McLaughlin, is one of those elevated groups that continues to make music for the ages -- even after 46 or so years. Just glorious.
bsl8081
Jul 26 2023
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Bookmark and Share Song X. It has taken me a few decades to appreciate and realize what an amazing recording this is.
tiny_tim
Jul 25 2023
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Bookmark and Share Along with Talk Talk.... this combo were in the VW Golf cassette player up and down the Autoroute 1 (born 1964)... between Geneva and Lausanne/Switz the morning and evening..... here they be in 2022 with Mark King and Mike Lindup, original founders.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou_kVmBS2AY ....such a trajectory as this combo... Boon Bros....Gary Husband..... etc...
tiny_tim
Jul 15 2023
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Bookmark and Share The backstory to Gino....amazing (check it out)....and here in 2013 with major Pipes and Presence intact....just like in the 70s....with a sh**t hot tight band.....and his brother Joe making an appearance to one of Gino’s hottest charts....Brother to Brother.....and another guest who just blows me away with his witnessing... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqa4XgktXoo
bt1972
Jun 27 2023
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Bookmark and Share Oz Noy - Snapdragon. Such a great outing with an all-star cast on board. Oz’s playing has really come into its own in recent years and is tasteful, energetic, and full of surprises. A very satisfying hour of listening.
thehague
Jun 08 2023
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Bookmark and Share Hi @naut. I see you’re still a PM fan. So am I. But ‘real life’ is taking up all of my time these days. The older I get the busier I am LOL.
MarcNebo
Jun 03 2023
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Bookmark and Share Oystein : Last year when I was recovering from Rotator Cuff Surgery I had more time to jump in my Pat Metheny Time Machine and listen to most of his records. "Are You Going With Me" is also one of my favorite Pat tune. For me at this time, with what he has done the past five plus years and the two US tours this year like Frank Sinatra sang "The Best Is Yet To Come". I am sure Pat has a lot of plans for 2024, meanwhile I will enjoy the Side-Eye and Dream Box Tour this year.
molesoulsandal
Jun 02 2023
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Bookmark and Share well, it’s like pat says: it’s all one long song . . . . . i think ’are you going with me’, ’unity village’, and ’au lait’ are just as ’current’ as ’dream box’, ’from this place’, or ’side-eye’ . . . . . . . best stuff EVER - down (and up) thru the ages!
Oystein
Jun 02 2023
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Bookmark and Share Are You Going With Me? Must admit I sometimes miss the old days...
naut
May 18 2023
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Bookmark and Share Hi thehague. Nice to see you again. / Graham Nash "Now." / "From this Place" earlier today.
thehague
May 17 2023
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Bookmark and Share Simon Phillips Protocol V. Excellent jazzrock with a tad of heavy metal. Live there are some Metheny influences. Recently saw them perform. Simon is a magician on the drums. Very exciting.
MarcNebo
Apr 28 2023
at 9:57 PM
Bookmark and Share Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo, El Arte Del Bolero, beautiful duets with Miguel’s Alto Saxophone and Luis’s piano. Instrumental interpretations of Miguel’s favorite Bolero singers. Over twenty years history playing together so they are in total synch. They will be performing these songs and some new tunes at this year’s Madison Jazz Festival. I am planning to be there.
Kooltrane
Apr 24 2023
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Bookmark and Share Kurt Rosenwinkel: Star of Jupiter, The Chopin Project, Caipi,The Remedy etc. Utter brilliance in composition, technique and feel. Deserves more attention and acclaim.
MarcNebo
Apr 22 2023
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Bookmark and Share "We Live Here" after reading Pat’s comments in the Have You Heard Newsletter I recently discovered in my file cabinet. It made me appreciate the record even more. Many very interesting analysis from Pat. Pat said this record was his first real collaboration with Lyle, as previously Pat would write the tunes and Lyle would kind of orchestrate the tunes. Pat also said on one tune Lyle played what he considered Lyle’s most beautiful piano solo. I forgot the name of the song, but it was a great solo.
BobSmith1
Apr 08 2023
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Bookmark and Share Maro: hortelã. A new musical discovery for me. If you can find this album on streaming check it out. Highly recommended.
naut
Apr 07 2023
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Bookmark and Share Lars Danielsson "Symphonized." Beautiful record.
Tonerima
Apr 07 2023
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Bookmark and Share From The Mountains - the single from Dreambox. It reminds me of One Quiet Night and I love it and have great expectations for the following parts.
Musicgrl2024
Apr 04 2023
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Bookmark and Share “THIS IS NOT AMERICA”
GratefulFred
Mar 30 2023
at 10:54 PM
Bookmark and Share Kit Downes - Vermillion (ECM) ... I can’t stop listening to this album, I love it so. Echoes of so many other things, yet unlike anything else.
facing west
Mar 29 2023
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Bookmark and Share When We Were Free, the live trio, from Tokyo Day Trip. Turn it up loud!
MarcNebo
Mar 09 2023
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Bookmark and Share James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet, Jesup Wagon (#1 Jazz Album in 2022 Downbeat Critics Poll and New York Times #1 Jazz Record for 2022). Excellent young tenor saxophonist who is getting a lot of great comments from the Jazz critics and Sonny Rollins. Some very beautiful playing to free Jazz wailing with powerful compositions and playing. Record is all about George Washington Carver.
Gyuri
Feb 24 2023
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Bookmark and Share "Time, Forward!" by Georgy Sviridov. Simply jaw-dropping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYx28v1v1Xg&t=32s
molesoulsandal
Feb 22 2023
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Bookmark and Share mr. maestro is just that!
GratefulFred
Feb 21 2023
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Bookmark and Share I’m falling deeper in love with Shai Maestro’s album Human. This is one for the ages, a touchstone.
GratefulFred
Feb 18 2023
at 9:27 PM
Bookmark and Share David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name ... one of my treasured touchstone albums ever since its release 52 years ago. It’s impossible to calculate how much deep pleasure this album has given me.
naut
Feb 09 2023
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Bookmark and Share Some of you probably know that Andy LaVerne was a protege of Chick. Been listening to a rather unique trio of piano, organ, & drums on LaVerne’s album "Epiphany." Andy’s on piano, Gary Versace on Hammond, and Danny Gottlieb on drums. Really works nicely. Worth checking out if you can find it. With memory of Chick, who died two years ago today, February 9, 2021. A great soul, a master, not to be forgotten.
patsfan
Jan 21 2023
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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
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Bookmark and Share Jeff Beck’s "Final Peace" The Final Peace https://g.co/kgs/QhTTMT
Oystein
Jan 12 2023
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
at 9:39 AM
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
at 12:24 AM
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
at 5:02 AM
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
at 11:04 AM
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
at 12:03 AM
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
at 3:27 PM
Bookmark and Share Marc ,.. you’re absolutely right ! It’s the Album Parallel Realities ! Thanks for the correction !
molesoulsandal
Sep 26 2022
at 5:09 PM
Bookmark and Share ’indigo dreamscapes’ is a dejohnette tune from the ’parallel realities’ album with pat & herbie.
franksexton
Sep 26 2022
at 9:22 AM
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
at 2:22 PM
Bookmark and Share patsfan : Never heard of that record and can’t locate at allmusic.com. Whose record was it?
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