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 toOrchestrion or We Live Here and you will understand why I make such claims. I trust you will be transported.
One thing is certain, Pat Metheny continually reinvents himself through the music he performs either solo, pneumatically assisted with the vast electronics of Orchestrion or with his next jazz ensemble. I love the journey his creativity enables in my psyche. 🙂
Pat Metheny is actively working a new jazz quartet called the Unity Band. The band consists of Chris Potter on saxophone (saw him play live with Herbie Hancock), who exudes an excellent phrasing and presence. The Unity Band features one of my favorite accent drummers, Antonio Sanchez who I have seen live twice with Pat Metheny. Antonio is a phenomenal drummer who draws me further in with his percussive stylings. Ben Williams on bass is the new musician to my ears. I am eager to hear his interplay and contributions with the Unity Band.
They have a new recording Unity Band available on June 12th from Nonesuch Records. The only way that you can hear the Unity Band right now is to pre-order the Unity Band CD. You will receive an instant download of the opening track, “New Year” and an autographed print from the album art which is suitable for framing. 😉
Monster Cable has introduced a series of phenomenal headphones and earbuds. They offer a serious, direct challenge to Bose and Sennheiser, who have long been considered the “gold standard” for headphone product engineering excellence. It is the type of challenge that benefits music consumers, producers, and artists vastly.
I recently auditioned Beats by dr. dre. One of my students, Jordan Devin brought them into class for me to sample and experience. I have to say that Beats by dr. dre, over-ear model is a superior listening product. I tested the beatspro high performance professional headphones. I was very impressed with the results. I first attached them to my Apple iPhone 3Gs and listened to an ALAC edition of Pat Metheny‘s Orchestrion recording. I have been listening to this recording since its first day inception and I readily admit I heard nuances of Pat’s music I had never heard before. I have witnessed Pat Metheny in concert performing Orchestrion and I still was picking up on subtlety’s of the sound that had not yet reached my ears 🙂
I then connected the beatspro headphones to my Dell computer, running Windows 7 and Apple’s iTunes. I sampled The Beatles remastered and re-engineered “Come Together” from Abbey Road. Again I heard aspects of that recording that were being newly introduced to my ears. These are some amazing headphones, let me tell you.
Yes the price tag is steep, $449.95 but the value is undeniable. If you think of the design team who architected and engineered these products you understand what you are getting. dr. dre is the pinnacle of hip-hop sound production. I trust dr. dre instinctually and his sense of audio sound is striking. Jimmy Iovine has been a force of change and influence in the music indutry. Jimmy was very disillusioned with what the record companies were dishing out with inferior sound via MP3 (64 kb). He said it was like putting music through a blender and trying to appreciate its results. dr. dre, Jimmy Iovine and Monster Cable have arrived at a fantastic series of sound products.
dr. dre’s beatspro headphones are now on my want list. Thanks, Jordan for putting me on to this superior solution. It gives my music listening a whole new level of meaning and interpretation!