Metheny Bits

Pat Metheny - One Quiet NightPat Metheny’s solo baritone guitar CD, One Quiet Night, has been pushed back a couple of weeks. Though still listed almost everywhere as coming out on Tuesday, the street date is now May 27. Pat covers Norah Jones’ solo hit “Don’t Know Why” and his own “Last Train Home” among his musical musings. Also, catch Pat Metheny on tour this year with his trio of Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez.

Two Bits of News

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly (#709, with Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman on the cover) reviews the Garage a Trois CD. It’s a good review, and Emphasizer earns a B+. Nice to see this adventurous jazz project get a mention in a high-profile publication.

Obviously, I don’t read the tabloids. Diana Krall and Elvis Costello are getting married. I didn’t even know they were dating. I guess I’ll read about that next week in Entertainment Weekly…

Jaco Pastorius Big Band Coming This Summer

Punk Jazz - The Jaco Pastorius AnthologyThere’s been no shortage of Jaco Pastorius mentions since this site started last September. There was Brian Bromberg’s Jaco, Weather Report’s Live and Unreleased, and this week’s two-disc Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology. Coming in August is the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, produced and directed by Peter Graves. The twelve tracks were mostly written by Jaco and features the music from the late bassist plus an army of modern jazz’s top-of-the-line bassists. Marcus Miller, Christian McBride, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Jimmy Haslip, and Victor Bailey are among the rhythm men paying tribute. Look for the CD on the Heads Up label.

Nina Simone Dies

Nina SimoneThe High Priestess of Soul has died. Nina Simone passed away at the age of 70 at her home in the south of France today.

Nina has been an influence to several generations of musicians. Her distinctive voice will certainly be remembered, as will her contributions in documenting her thoughts and experiences on racism and the civil rights movement in the 1960s in the United States.

To read more about the life of Nina Simone, read the article in the Kansas City Star.