listening to…August 25-September 1, 2012

Terje Rypdal, Miroslav Vitous, Jack DeJohnette (ECM)

I read about Rypdal in Guitar Player and bought this one because he used a guitar synthesizer on one cut. He doesn’t need one. Still a favorite album after all these years. This was also my introduction to Miroslav Vitous and Jack DeJohnette (love that cymbal work!).

Terje Rypdal – Whenever I Seem to be Far Away (ECM)

Orchestra on one track, a beautiful setting for Rypdal. Even his small groups have a lush symphonic vision for his unique guitar voice.

Terje Rypdal – After the Rain (ECM)

Except for his wife’s singing, he plays everything on this album.

Terje Rypdal – If Mountains Could Sing (ECM)

A double trio – on some tracks, Terje’s trio is joined by a string trio. No synths!

Dan Wall – On The Inside Looking In (Double -Time Records)

Dan Wall play organs on a flock of John Abercrombie albums, but on this one he’s joined by the (under recorded) legendary harmony wiz Mick Goodrick.

John Abercrombie, featured guitarist on the following:

Contact One – Five On One (Pirouet)

All star cast with David Liebman, still digesting this one.

Kenny Wheeler – the Window in the Window (ECM)

Bruce Gertz – Blueprint (Freelance)
Bruce Gertz – Third Eye (RAM Records)

Two obscure albums featuring Abercrombie from the early ’90s, the RAM title is from Italy. Gertz on bass, Jerry Bergonzi – sax, Joey Calderazzo – piano and Adam Nussbaum – drums…these recordings must be documenting a working band, slick stuff.

Other:

Gamelan Semar Pegullingan: Gamelan of Love God (Nonesuch)
Pat Metheny Trio – Day Trip (Nonesuch)

A wee little trio that sounds huge. I like him in a small group, it seems so casual and relaxed, but Day Tip seems too perfect. I like the duos with Charlie Haden much more.

Last year he did a series of live dates with bassist Larry Grenadier. Will there ever be an album? I’d like to hear this, instead of some crappy bootleg.

Steve Howe – Turbulence (Relativity)

I had an advance copy of this one two years before it came out and it’s still a favorite. I wore that cassette out…at the time, this was his first solo album in years and a reunion album with drummer Bill Bruford. It rocks, this is Steve Howe at his best. Keyboard stylings by Bill Currie.

Keith Jarrett – Dark Intervals (ECM)

A solo piano album that I’ve had for years, so it’s familiar and I dig it.

Keith Jarrett – Sleeper (ECM)

Pretty darn good, I’m happy with my purchase.

Keith Jarrett – Spheres (ECM)

Only part of the original vinyl release, Hymns/Spheres. It probably wasn’t a great seller, this performance is missing piano and Keith’s grunting/moaning. If I love it, it probably didn’t sell many copies. Pipe organ sadly reminds me of my Father now, he’s loved that NPR program Pipe Dreams.

Gary Peacock – Tales of Another (ECM)

The beginnings of Keith Jarrett’s Standards trio with Peacock and Jack DeJohnette. I love Jacks ’70s sound, so this is a favorite.

Wayne Shorter – Night Dreamer (Blue Note)
Morton Feldman – Complete Music for Violin and Piano (Mode)

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2 comments
  1. Great picks this week!!!!! Looks like your ECM binging… and why not???

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