A little more Solsonics

One of my favorite recordings of all time is Jazz in the Present Tense by the Solsonics. It came out in early 1994 and I love every song, every arrangement, the tight sound, the playing…everything came together for me on that. Nearly 25 years later, it hasn’t aged at all.

Jazz in the Present Tense by the Solsonics

Like everything else you love, you can’t get enough of it. Other than some work on Guru’s second Jazzmatazz recording, that was it for the Solsonics. Or so I thought. I recently did some searching since there is always something new on the web. And I found something.

Solsonics founders Jez Colin and Willie McNeil appear to have penned “Yellow Butterfly” for a band called The Party. The track was produced by the Solsonics for that band’s 1993 farewell release, The Party’s Over…Thanks for Coming. The song sure sounds like it came out of the Jazz in the Present Tense recording sessions. It is the unmistakable Solsonics vibe. I love it.

I don’t see a way you can buy the track digitally. Fortunately, it’s on YouTube. Listen and enjoy:

Happy Charlie Haden/Pat Metheny Day!

In 1997, the Governor of Missouri declared Feb. 25 as Charlie Haden/Pat Metheny Day in honor of the Missouri natives unyielding artistic contribution to the arts and to celebrate the release of their new record Beyond The Missouri Sky. Both artists have Missouri roots. Pat was born and raised in Lee’s Summit, just outside of Kansas City.

Beyond the Missouri Sky by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny

Guess the artist from the lyrics 1

Occasionally, I’ll post a stanza or two from a contemporary jazz vocalist’s song and you reply with who it is!

Here’s a fun one:

And when God gave out rhythm
He sure was good to you
You can add, subtract multiply
And divide by two
I know today’s your birthday
And I did not buy no rose
But I wrote this song instead and I call it…

Remembering Al Jarreau

Some of the mentions of the late, great Al Jarreau I’ve seen on social media today. Al Jarreau passed away this morning, Feb. 12, 2017.

George Benson:

With a heavy heart I say goodbye to my good friend and brother, the great Al Jarreau. 11 years ago today we celebrated 2 Grammy wins for our fantastic duet record, Givin’ It Up. Al, you gave the world a musical genius that will never be forgotten. We will all miss you.

Spyro Gyra:

There aren’t many people that you can use the word “incomparable ” when describing them. Al Jarreau was one of them. We will miss you, Al, and the world will miss your talent and the joy you bring to it. Rest In Peace.

Marcus Miller:

I can’t even begin to say what this man means to me. Thank you, Al Jarreau for the opportunity to work with you, to laugh with you, to know you . I am grateful for our time together and will miss you.

Robert Glasper:

Rest in peace to one of my first major jazz influences. He did it his way.

Christian Scott:

Farewell friend! You will be missed.. will never forget how you looked out for me early in my career.. the fun we had opening for u all those years ago

Antonio Sanchez:

RIP Al Jarreau. One of the greatest performers I’ve ever seen. The way he connected to the crowd was awe inspiring and heartwarming.