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

Pre-Order Pat Metheny What’s It All About CD/Limited Edition Print Combo

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Shambhu: Sacred Love, Feel the Journey

Namaste’,

We all search to find the peaceful place inside our heart and soul, where love abounds. Thanks to Shambhu and our mutual friend, Christopher Buttner at PRthatRocks I’ve happily arrived at that spiritual space in time.  Its more than coincidental that Shambhu is a Sanskrit name meaning, “Source of Happiness.”

I have marveled at the sounds, textures and meditative feelings I am receiving from Shambhu’s New Age recording, Shambhu: Sacred Love, Feel the Journey.


We connect on various planes of thought, Shambhu and I. The first level of connection is spiritual. For through his music he calms the mind as our psyche tries to cope with the rapidly accelerating universe where we thrive to co-exist.

The second connection is a mutual affinity I posses with Shambhu for well stated guitarists who are a creative force in music, energy and light. I have been a long time fan of John McLaughlin and Pat Metheny. I hear the echoes and influence of these artists in Shambhu’s playing. I actually hear something more profound when I open my heart to Shambhu’s tone and resonance.  I arrive at a place of renewal and spiritual awakening when I listen to Sacred Love. Shambhu’s music is  the essence of the morning light  unfolding the soft petals of a rose, revealing the fragrance of the flower to the joy of our senses. 🙂

The third connection is more astral-physical. I am an instructional technologist. I have 30+ years of experience in the information technology sector, where I now teach and design instruction for the Web and the physical classroom. Shambhu is a technologist and a spiritual healer. These are the truest essences of my soul. My journey has been to become a cognoscenti in the disciplines of instructional technology, Web design and music journalism. I visualize these three disciplines in congruence. They are the zen of my work-life balance.

This is where my spirit intersects with Shambhu, a.k.a.  S. Neil Vineberg. We share a mutual affinity for spirituality and the healing power of music, transcended through technology. S. Neil Vineberg is working with a company called ThingLink, who is bringing a revolutionary collaborative digital medium to market. ThingLink provides a collaboration of technologies that lets you place a SoundCloud audio player inside your photos, connecting them to music, sounds and effects, voice annotations and narrations.

I’m not able to display what Shambhu and ThingLink have achieved together in my WordPress blog post due to code restrictions on wordpress.com. Please click on this link to see this compelling technology advancement.

These are the three reasons that compell me to connect deeper with Shambhu’s musical journey. I urge you to listen to his music, Sacred Love, Feel the Journey and to watch the video documentary on YouTube that articulates how each song is architected.  http://www.youtube.com/shambhumusic

You’re in for a rare treat. So unplug yourself from all the electronic trappings that prevent us from floating downstream and listen to Shambhu’s gift of spiritual, healing music. The happiness you have long been seeking will truly become your natural reward.

Namaste’,

Ed

Beats by dr. dre – Daily Post 2011 – Post #7

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!

 

Top 10 Recordings of 2010

These are my selections for the 10 best recordings of 2010. I used the following criteria to establish the field of artists.

1) I had to purchase the recording. None of these recordings are samples from the record companies or the artists or the music distributors. Each one of the Top 10 recordings was an out of pocket expense.

2) My emphasis this past year has to become more of a student and benefactor of jazz music, its derivatives, nuances, etc.  I split the Top 10 between five top jazz recordings and five other "genre" recordings.

3) The recording had to produce repeated plays and create a memorable impression.

4) There was a live performance or tour associated with the recording, in other words I was compelled to see the music performed live. In some instances the recording was the impetus to see the artist live.  Live performances are denoted by an asterisk *. You’ll notice that 7 of the 10 Top 10 recordings had live associated events. This speaks to the integrity of these recordings and the artists chosen.

The Five Top Jazz Recordings

1. Pat Metheny Orchestrion*

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Pat Metheny has accomplished an amazing feat with his Orchestrion. He makes a powerful statement with the use of robotics, pneumatic devices and the syncopation of all these entities. I bought the recording on the first day on the strength of Pat’s innovative creativity and was not disappointed one iota.

We saw the last Orchestrion one man show of his nearly year long concert tour in Torrington, Ct. It was a jaw dropping, cosmic excursion. As a long time technologist myself I applauded Pat’s incorporation of technology to the levels that he takes it to.

There will be a DVD of this break through concept of musical diversification coming out in 2011. I am eager to own that video replica of what I saw and heard live. I give this recording 5+ Stars.

2. Herbie Hancock – The Imagine Project*

Herbie Hancock continues his mastery of collaboration with a recording that took place around the world. Herbie has a tremendous ear for musical harmonies and exchanges. The collection of artist friends on this recording is striking and a testament to how many people want to work with Herbie Hancock and company. Herbie’s core band, which consists of Lionel Loueke on guitar, Vincent Colaiuta on drums,  and Tal Wilkenfeld on bass is quite the nucleus.

My favorite tracks on the recording are "The Song Goes On" Featuring K.S. Chithra, Chaka Khan, Anoushka Shankar, & Wayne Shorter, anIndian based raga composition complemented by sitar, tablas and the soothing sound of Wayne Shorter on soprano saxophone.

“Tamatant Tilay/Exodus” Featuring Tinariwen, K’Naan and Los Lobos was recorded worlds apart but sounds like they all gathered in the next room.

I really like Space Captain which brings Herbie and his group to Derek Truck’s studio in the Florida Everglades. Susan Tedeschi sings with such a soulful touch on this number. The interplay between Herbie and Derek is a marvel to witness.

Here is the video of that collaborative effort, which I know you will watch more than once Smile

A Southern Collaboration You’ll Really Enjoy

3. Charles Lloyd Quartet – Mirror

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Just an exquisite series of selections that you want to listen to again and again and again. I am ticketed to see the Charles Lloyd Quartet on January 28, 2011 at Wesleyan University Winking smile

4. John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension – To The One*

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I have been a long time fan of John McLaughlin’s and he continues to reinvent himself in his tireless efforts to make music that challenge the senses and stretch the boundaries. To the One is a tight set of tracks that blasts off in lots of intriguing directions. Pay special attention to the drumming and keyboarding of Gary Husband on this recording. This recording works its way into your soul and consciousness in inviting ways.

5. Ted Nash, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – Portrait in Seven Shades

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Ted Nash has designed, composed and developed a visual/aural treat for the senses with Portrait in Seven Shades. Each composition is a tribute to a famous painter on display at the Museum of Modern Art., giving you a new appreciation for textures and sound.

My best advice is to look at the MoMA Web site, read about Ted Nash and MoMA and then listen to this recording to fully appreciate what Ted has accomplished. I was very inspired by Ted’s work and developed some Web pages on my Web site, LearningEdje in honor of his stellar thinking and arrangements.

The Other Top Five "Genre" Recordings

1. Jeff Beck – Emotion and Commotion*

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Jeff Beck has truly outdone himself on this recording. Once you give it a listen you’ll know why it was nominated for 5 Grammy Awards.

We caught an early preview of several of these tracks when we saw Jeff Beck Live at Madison Square Garden this past February.

The track that will impress you on a new and exciting level is Nessun Dorma the aria from the opera by Puccini.

2. Ryan Montbleau Band – Heavy on the Vine*

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Ryan Montbleau Band have put together a very listenable recording. It plays effortlessly from track to track. I like Ryan’s voice and the fun his lyrics provide. The CD can be set on repeat play and you just want to hear it again and again.

We have seen the Ryan Montbleau Band three times now in concert and they really are a joy to hear perform live.

My favorite song is More and More and More about all the choices we are overwhelmed with in this life.

3. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way

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Raw, soulful energy. Sharon Jones and Dap Kings show us why Brooklyn epitomizes R&B, Soul and makes you want to kick up your heels. You can’t help but love this recording and smile in awe of this get down with it group. Ms. Jones has a thing going on, trust me Winking smile

4. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Mojo*

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers nailed it on this recording. Reaching back into their Southern roots, placing the accent on the blues and rock and roll, this CD has many listenable and playable tracks.

They were giving this recording away for free, which told me how much Tom Petty believed in this musical effort. Turned out he was so right about that belief.

It helped to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform these songs live. We spent an excellent summer evening on the lawn in Hartford with them this past year.

5. Los Lobos – Tin Can Trust*

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Los Lobos produces another strong recording. You’ll love “Do The Murray”, a fun shake your booty number.  I love their rendition of “West LA Fadeaway”, Los Lobos covers the Grateful Dead so well.

The song “Tin Can Trust” as David Hidalgo explains is about that tin can you have by the side of the bed on your nightstand where you place your loose change along with your dreams every night.

From Nick’s Taste of Texas, Covina, CA

We were fortunate to buy the CD before it was released and get it signed when they played the New Haven Green on July 31st.

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Lots of great dancing songs on this CD.

Los Lobos, Peace, Ese.

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