We Mourn The Loss of Claude Nobs

I am sad to learn that we have lost our patriarch of live jazz music. An intimate friend to musicians and music fans all over the world.

We salute you Claude. Your 46 year commitment to the Montreux Jazz Festival and the merits of live music lives on in all the music of our hearts.

This Is My Jam, Pat Metheny – Last Train Home

This Is My Jam today ;), played this all the way home

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Orchestrion (Pat Metheny album)
Orchestrion (Pat Metheny album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Widening Horizon – Olga Spiegel

My favorite musical genre the past decade has been jazz. I enjoy jazz for the improvisation and inventiveness of the musicians, the instruments that they master and the nature of the compositions.

Jazz appeals to my intellect. It is the most stimulating of all the music genres I listen to and that I absorb into my consciousness.

I love jazz because I encounter it a technical person as cerebral. Jazz takes me on profound and satisfying journeys.

The jazz musician I journey with most innately is Pat Metheny. I have seen Pat Metheny in concert several times live. He has taken me on some memorable, breath-taking excursions. Give a listen to Orchestrion or We Live Here and you will understand why I make such claims. I trust you will be transported.

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Jason Moran – Grammar, A Documentary Film About Jazz

https://i1.wp.com/stanfordjazz.org/archive/newsletter/images/Moran,%20Jason%20web.jpgI have learned so much from the dedicated focus of jazz pianist and composer, Jason Moran.  It’s only fair that I help his artistry in return by making a contribution to his Kickstarter project, Grammar, a documentary film about jazz. We will all benefit from his combined evolution of jazz, hip hop, performance and visual art.

Jason Moran is a 2010 MacArthur Fellow and the triple-crown winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2011 Critics Poll. A graduate of the acclaimed jazz programs at the Manhattan School of Music and Houston’s High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, Jason now presides as the Kennedy Center‘s Artistic Advisor for Jazz and serves on the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory.

Pat Metheny Solo – What’s It All About

I just pre-ordered the new Pat Metheny solo recording, What’s It All About from Music Today. The pre-order includes a limited edition, 9″ by 12″ print (a number of which will be signed, fingers crossed here 😉 and the download track “Alfie”. I like how the guitar track feels so smooth 🙂

The new acoustic solo guitar album from Pat Metheny features classic tunes from songwriters like Paul Simon, Lennon & McCartney, Burt Bacharach, and Henry Mancini. Pat describes it like this: “I wanted to record some of the music that was on my radar before I ever wrote a note of my own, or in a few cases, even before I played an instrument. Every one of these tunes has something going on that is just hip on a musical level, no matter how you cut it. They have all stuck with me over the years.”

CD Track Listing:

1. The Sound of Silence (Paul Simon) 6:33
2. Cherish (Terry Kirkman) 5:25
3. Alfie (Burt Bacharach & Hal David) 7:41
4. Pipeline (Bob Spickard & Brian Carman) 3:23
5. Garota de Ipanema (Antonio Carlos Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes) 5:07
6. Rainy Days and Mondays (Roger S. Nichols & Paul H. Williams) 7:10
7. That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be (Carly Simon & Jacob Brackman) 5:57
8. Slow Hot Wind (Henry Mancini & Normal Gimbel) 4:23
9. Betcha by Golly, Wow (Thomas Bell & Linda Creed) 5:12
10. And I Love Her (John Lennon & Paul McCartney) 4:22

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Eric Harland, Jazz Drummer

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Eric Du’sean Harland is the most captivating, innovative drummer I have seen perform live. I am still reeling from watching the magic his percussion made with the Charles Lloyd New Quartet this past Friday evening at Wesleyan University.

Here is a YouTube clip that will give you a taste of what I am sweetly savoring 🙂

Eric has an impeccable sense of timing. His command of the drum kit and the sticks is extraordinary to witness.

Visit Eric Harland‘s Web site, it’s a very engaging experience. I am digging the music loop.

You will be hearing and seeing much more from Eric Harland, trust me, he’s the real deal!

Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters – Daily Post 2011 #1

Herbie Hancock performing at The XM Sonic Stag...
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My son, Matthew, got me a $50 gift certificate for music at Cutler’s Record Shop in New Haven. I took him to this store last year and he really liked it, which made me very happy :), as I used to hang out there frequently in my college years from 1972-74, as a matter of fact its a frequent music haunt in my travels still 😉

My wife, Rosemary told me the money was burning a hole in my pocket and she was right of course ;).

This is the first of the three recordings I purchased. I’ll write about the other two recordings tomorrow and Monday…

Herbie HancockHead Hunters, the Jazz Masterpiece originally released on October 13, 1973.  I recall that I played Chameleon and Watermelon Man often when I was an FM disk jockey at the University of New Haven, on WNHU-FM. I minored in music at UNH and learned a great deal from my world music college professors who all came from Wesleyan University. We analyzed Head Hunters in my jazz class extensively, which was one the freedoms of taking free form music classes that  I dug in the early 70s.

We’d learn things like the quote below which further increased my interest in ethnomusicology, “On the intro and outro of the tune, percussionist Bill Summers blows into a beer bottle imitating hindewhu, a style of singing/whistle-playing found in Pygmy music of Central Africa. Hancock and Summers were struck by the sound, which they heard on the ethnomusicology LP, The Music of the Ba-Benzélé Pygmies (1966), by Simha Arom and Genviève Taurelle.[11]

Herbie Hancock’s historic “re-imagining” of the classic Headhunters band took place on the Bonnaroo stage in 2005.

The 20-bit remastered edition on CD plays better than I even remembered from music class and radio days. I’m listening to it now as I write this blog post 🙂

The Herbie Hancock Group

Herbie Hancock – Keyboards, Synthesizers

Bennie Maupin – Sax (Soprano, Tenor)

Paul Jackson – Electric Bass

Harvey Mason – Yamaha Drums

Bill Summers – Percussion