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.


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)

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


thoughts about music by David Beardsley

The Music Aficionado

Quality articles about the golden age of music

Microtonal Projects' BLOG

we promote, research, perform and educate

Musica Kaleidoskopea

a kaleidoscopic view of music

The Canterbury scene(zine) continued....

Random ramblings nearly 30 years further on from a Canterbury scene veteran

The Hum Blog

a blog for

J.C. Combs

acoustic and electronic arts

Ted Greene Archive

Immortalizing Beauty Through Music

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

New Music Buff

Random perspectives from an informed new music fan.

The Night After Night Files

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

New Videos

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Field Stations and Outposts of Anaphoria Island

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Make Your Own Taste

Eclectic reviews of ambient, psychedelic, post-rock, folk and progressive rock ... etc.!

Articulate Silences

Tacet / Tacet / Tacet

David Rothenberg

musician, composer, author and philosopher-naturalist


Scott Healy's Jazz Composition Blog: Writing, Arranging and Listening

Avant Music News

A source for news on music that is challenging, interesting, different, progressive, introspective, or just plain weird

Do The Math

thoughts about music by David Beardsley


Just another site

Music : NPR

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

destination: OUT

thoughts about music by David Beardsley


thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Renewable Music

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Miniatures Blog

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Mixed Meters

thoughts about music by David Beardsley


thoughts about music by David Beardsley

Bob Gluck's Blog

Just another site

Today Is The Question: Ted Panken on Music, Politics and the Arts

My thoughts and writings on jazz and the world around it.


a sinister resonance


Kyle Gann on music after the fact

%d bloggers like this: