Greetings Extreme Fans of Harmon Muted Trumpets!
Coming to you from a rather blustery day at SpragueLand. Just when we thought it was summertime in February no sooner did El Winter reappear.
I dig it!
Up for this week our first live in realtime performance at Dizzy’s on Friday night.
For the Miles music, first we did a livestream from SpragueLand, then we put out an album:
And now we’re launching live at Dizzy’s. Hope you can make it!
The sound of Miles Davis’ album Kind of Blue has been in my life from the very beginning. Our Dad Hall had what I consider an excellent taste in music and part of him keeping up the cred on that front was acquiring a large heap of Miles in his vinyl collection. He had it and he played it and the positive effect it had on my brother Tripp and I runs deep. Kind of Blue was at the top of my Dad’s all time favorites and it turns out it’s almost everyone else’s all time favorites too.
Kind of Blue’s influence on music, including jazz, rock, and classical genres, has led writers to deem it one of the most influential albums ever recorded. The album was one of fifty recordings chosen in 2002 by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry, and in 2003 it was ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It’s often cited as the best-selling jazz record and in 2019, it was certified 5× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over five million copies.
The music is sublime and it forged the way to new sonic frontiers, steering away from the earlier hard bop lexicon to more gentle modal landscapes.
For this concert we’ll play our unique versions of the songs from Kind of Blue.
Here’s the lineup for the show:
Peter Sprague — guitar
Tripp Sprague — sax, flute, and piano
Mack Leighton — bass
Duncan Moore — drums
that’s it and many thanks, Peter