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Myriad3 – Moons

Myriad3 started following me on Twitter the other day and I began to check out their music. Particularly their latest album, Moons. Myriad3 is a piano trio from Toronto, Canada consisting of pianist Chris Donnelly, bassist Dan Fortin and drummer Ernesto Cervini. They use some synths and electronics on this album. Personally I really like what that adds to the traditional acoustic piano trio format. The album benefits from repeated listens. I highly recommend this album.

“Skeleton Key” starts the album off with a piano riff increasing in intensity as the bass and drums join in. Towards the middle of the song the bass takes over the riff. The song is simple in structure with the same underlying riff throughout. Electronics add to the thickening layers of sound. The whole greater than the sum of its parts. [click to continue…]

Todd Clouser – Boy 44

I have been immersing myself with the recordings and Music Mission of Todd Clouser. Over the coming weeks I will be reviewing his previous recordings. Today I start with his latest release Boy 44 and his Music Mission projects. Boy 44 is a song cycle inspired by the events surrounding the kidnapping and presumed murder of 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College who went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico on September 26, 2014. To read more about the incident go to this Wikipedia article. Todd is an American who lives in Mexico City. He is focused on using music to serve under-served communities. I strongly suggest you join me in supporting Todd in his Music Mission by making quarterly contributions through his Patreon account. Boy 44 has been released to Todd’s patrons a week before its release to the public. He also makes short documentaries available of the work he is doing through the Patreon funding.

Without knowing anything about the story behind the album, the songs stand well on their own. This is a musically strong album with excellent work by Todd Clouser on guitar and vocals, John Medeski on Piano, Aaron Cruz on bass, and Gustavo Nandayapa on drums. Todd’s vocals are mostly spoken on this album. It really brings out the poetic quality of the lyrics. [click to continue…]

Just south of heaven
North of Evangiline
Only a few blocks
From the Southern Cuisine

Drove 5,000 miles
Looking for my muse
Two hours in this old house
Old powder keg new fuse

I am getting back into listening to Jazz. I am a big fan of both Bill Frisell and Charles Lloyd. Imagine my joy to discover two videos  with both of them playing together. Above is the first of a two set show at Lincoln Center in NYC.

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I am often amazed at how I discover things. Just this past weekend I found a United Methodist Church hidden in my neighborhood. It sits 4 blocks east of 84th Street but has no signs on the main road. I am 2 blocks west of 84th Street. Perfect walking distance for me given that my bus doesn’t run on Sunday and I have no car. There are some other churches in my neighborhood but they are either too fundamentalist or orthodox. Fine for many people but I feel most comfortable in mainline Christian denominations. But this perfect church for me sat a short way away from me for almost a year until I stumbled upon a sign for a Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the church which was placed on 84th Street. I was astounded when I saw the address knowing how close it must be. I had already eaten dinner but walked to the church to make sure that I was correct about the closeness. Seeing the church nestled in among the houses of the neighborhood was an amazing sight. [click to continue…]