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MarcNebo
Nov 13 2020
at 11:04 AM
One thing we can all agree on is this has been a terrible year. Trying to stay positive has been challenging for me, so I am trying to find some highlights to post. At the top of my list would be the release of Pat’s latest recording From This Place. Many of his fans were anxiously waiting for his next record and for me it was worth the wait. Pat delivered a masterpiece that lifted my spirits with every listening. Excellent compositions performed by excellent musicians. It has become one of my favorite Pat recordings. So far it has helped me get through the most challenging year of my 66 years on this planet. I have had health issues this year (non Covid-19) and have a job, so things could have been a lot worse. My life without live Jazz this year really affected me and Pat’s record and other great Jazz records released this year keep my spirits positive.
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BobSmith1
Jan 22 2021
at 11:30 AM
Bookmark and Share MarcNebo--A few of the recordings from 2020 that I have been listening to quite a bit: Melody Gardot "Sunset In The Blue"; Till Brönner/Bob James "Vacation"; Elina Duni "Lost Ships"; Michael Manring "Small Moments" (Zon Hyperbass extravaganza).
MarcNebo
Jan 21 2021
at 11:30 PM
Bookmark and Share I forgot the new CD, Data Lords from the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Double CD with The Digital World and Our Natural World, the former very intense and dramatic, the later beautiful. One of her best records and excellent packaging. Very worth checking out. Anybody else have any music highlights from 2020? I survived 2020 with some great Jazz CDs and Live Streams online. They helped, but I need live Jazz to survive. Happy New Year to all.
MarcNebo
Jan 12 2021
at 10:22 PM
Bookmark and Share franksexton : If the stars align this year and the Detroit Jazz Festival happens and the Lineup looks good I will probably attend. If I do I would stay at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel and would try to connect with you. It’s a long way off, but one has to set their sights on something positive to look forward to. Also I have seen Pat from California to Washington DC, so travelling to see him may bring me your way.
MarcNebo
Jan 12 2021
at 7:56 PM
Bookmark and Share franksexton : I live in Chicago, but three years in a row I went to the Detroit Jazz Festival instead of staying home for the Chicago Jazz Festival. Both are Labor Day weekend but I think the DJF is better in many ways. Foremost the lineup of musicians is much better. Three out of four stages are very good to excellent and Chicago’s main stage is excellent. The other stages are in tents and are frequently hot with no ventilation. If I stay there long enough maybe I will sweat of some weight. Let’s hope it returns this year better than ever.
franksexton
Jan 11 2021
at 10:49 AM
Bookmark and Share I don’t get to see many concerts but do try to get to the Dtroit Jazz Fest every year. Hopefully it can come back this year. I saw Joey Baron play with Dave Douglas,Joe Lovono and Linda Oh there (right after the Unity Band played on the same stage). Talk about back to back great performances!
MarcNebo
Jan 04 2021
at 11:26 PM
Bookmark and Share patsfan : First. thank you for the kind words. I have been a fan of Jazz since college in 1973 and then along came Pat. First live show was in 1977 (?) and since that year he has been my favorite musician. My passion for Jazz grew when I moved back to Chicago in 2006 after 20 years in San Diego ( a Jazz Desert). I have a long list of favorite Jazz musicians Second : Looking at your Posts history it looks like you are a big Jazz fan and have big ears. Third, a Happy New Year to you and let’s hope for a year where we return to live music (especially a tour from Pat). Nothing but the best for you in 2021.
patsfan
Jan 03 2021
at 8:23 PM
Bookmark and Share Marc, you are the ultimate in jazz fans, and 235 concerts in 2018, and the top Pat affionado on this site !! I really enjoy your posts And the info you present for all of us ..... Happy New Year !
MarcNebo
Jan 02 2021
at 10:02 PM
Bookmark and Share Sorry, I forgot John Scofield’s trio CD Swallow Tales (with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart).
MarcNebo
Jan 02 2021
at 11:41 AM
Bookmark and Share In 2019 I saw 235 Jazz bands and this year (2020) only 17 bands. At the end of 2019 it was hard to make a Top Twenty List, but #1 was Pat Metheny Side-Eye. 2020 Top Ten List will have to do and #1 was Kenny Barron with Russell Malone (great guitarist) and David Wong (bass). Thankfully there were some great CDs released this year. My #1 pick was From This Place. Pat’s masterpiece. Also on my list were Bill Frisell Trio Valentine, Jimmy Heath Love Letter, Joshua Redman Round Again (with Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade), Artemis (all female All-Star band) Bill Frisell Harmony (with Petra Haden, vocals) and Matt Wilson Quartet Hug! All of them helped me get through the year. I am optimistic that 2021 will be a much better year and that live music will return sometime this year.
Oystein
Nov 22 2020
at 5:09 PM
Bookmark and Share Yellowjackets - Jackets XL Ulf Wakenius - Taste of Honey Ibrahim Maalouf - 40 Melodies ...and Pat Metheny, of course :)
Gyuri
Nov 20 2020
at 1:04 AM
Bookmark and Share I would certainly mention Yellowjackets’ "XL". Very rich, cool, spirit-lifting stuff.
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