I’m just back from a wonderful trip to Denmark making music with vocalist Sinne Eeg.
Not as good things:
Here are some pictures:
Hey, there’s a new Pat Metheny album out now and that’s what’s currently playing over here at SpragueLand. It’s called From This Place and it’s one of his finest!
He did a cool thing in coming up with the music and arrangements. First he composed the songs and took a quartet into the studio. He left space in the music for orchestration to come later. Next he got Alan Broadbent and Gil Goldstein to arrange the music for full orchestra and then he had them record in L.A. with the cities finest musos. My flute playing friend Steve Kujala was in the orchestra and had told me about those sessions last year. He said it was incredible and as you can hear, it’s some of Metheny’s best!
There’s a moment in the album (“Everything Explained”) where he has an uptempo waltz hovering in a minor key —it’s cooking and keeps gaining intensity. This transitions to the title cut (“From This Place”) — a folk tune with vocals. The contrast of these two together hits me hard. Brilliant!
From Pat about the song:
“There was only one musician who I could imagine singing it, and that was Meshell Ndegocello, one of the great artists of our time. With words by her partner Alison Riley, they captured exactly the feeling of that tragic moment (Nov. 9, 2016, the day after the election) while reaffirming the hope of better days ahead.”
Another cool recording recently emerged and this comes from vocalist Pamela Pendrell. She recorded it over here with me on guitar along with John Opferkuch playing piano, Gunnar Biggs on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums. Brother Tripp also guests on sax for one tune.
I met Pam through Kevyn Lettau who is Pam’s vocal teacher. I was knocked out when I heard her and it was a joy to make the album together. Check out her version of Joni’s “Little Green” and her cover version of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic”—soulful singing, gorgeous timbre, and great tunes.
Her album is available on the CDBaby Store.
For live music this week it’ll be a magic Saturday night at Ki’s Restaurant with vocalist Lisa Hightower, Gunnar on bass, and me on guitar for a night of jazz, samba, and moments of Americana major chord serenity. Perhaps arrive early for a blendo of a beautiful sunset and great food!
That’s it for now friends and it’s good to be back in the Cali loop. The Santa Ana winds are blowing and the ocean is as blue as it gets. I’m in!