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

David Blamires Group cover

cover to the David Blamires Group 1990 recording

I’ve been updating my MP3 collection and couldn’t find a good scan of the David Blamires Group’s 1990 recording on the Web. So I scanned mine (usually it’s just easier to get a scan that someone else has already done). In case you’re in the same boat and don’t have a scanner, click the image below to view a 949×932 scan of the self-titled album.

cover to the David Blamires Group 1990 recording

8 from 1989 – Mix Online!

Take a step into the past with these eight tracks from contemporary jazz releases that came out in the year 1989! Listen to classics from the Rippingtons, Miles Davis, and Hiroshima. Also, who put the meat in my bed?! It’s the second mix I’ve published on 8tracks. If you like this blast from the past, check out my 1988 mix with David Sanborn, David Benoit, Spyro Gyra, Tom Grant, Kim Pensyl, and Al Jarreau.

1989 Contemporary Jazz from contemporaryjazz on 8tracks.

Win the New Gary Burton Quartet Live CD!

Gary Burton Quartet Live with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow and Antonio SanchezYou’ve read a bit about it and heard cuts from it. Now you can win your own copy of the new live recording by the Gary Burton Quartet (Burton, Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, and Antonio Sanchez)! I’ve got three CDs to give away. Just post a comment below! Don’t forget to include an email address for me to contact you for a mailing address if you’re a winner. This contest ends ended June 5. Good luck!

Try It Out Tuesdays – Gary Burton Quartet Live!

Gary Burton Quartet Live with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow and Antonio SanchezIn the early 1970s, the Gary Burton Quartet, which included bassist Steve Swallow, added a 19-year old guitarist to the group. His name was Pat Metheny. Those three gentlemen reunited a couple of years ago, along with drummer Antonio Sanchez, and one of their performances was recorded for the release out today. Quartet Live! is four all-star musicians playing compositions by Metheny, Swallow, Burton, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Carla Bley, and Duke Ellington. It goes without saying that this is good music.

Check out a couple of tracks from it (Windows Media Player required):

> “Sea Journey” Windows Media | QuickTime
> “Missouri Uncompromised” Windows Media | QuickTime

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I have copies of this worthy release to give away. Keep your eyes on the site or Twitter for details soon!