From Jan Garbarek’s Wayfarer album.
Lately I’ve been enjoying the music of Oscar Pettiford in my free time. He was a master of the early bebop style, and an accomplished composer as well as bassist, cellist and bandleader.
Here’s a basic version of a very pretty tune by Baden Powell. Of course sheet music can’t convey the tenderness and skill with which he plays it on guitar, but it’s been stuck in my head this week so I thought I’d share it with you.
This version of Caravan can be found on Taylor Eigsti’s album Let It Come To You. I love his energetic interplay with drummer Eric Harland, and the use of digital delay and harmonizer effects by Taylor and guitarist Julian Lage give the song a flavor not usually heard on jazz records.
Here’s a tune by bassist Hein van de Geyn from Philip Catherine’s album I Remember You.
An interesting thing happened while I was playing music at a restaurant recently. It had been a hot day, and a cool breeze was wafting the sweet smell of flowers from a nearby park. All around me people were smiling, talking genially with friends, laughing with their children.
After an hour or so, someone on the staff came over and turned on a television near the bandstand. Those of you who have been in this situation know what happened next… conversation stopped, the smiles disappeared, girls and boys sat looking at their plates while they faded to the periphery of their parents’ attention.
Most didn’t seem to notice that after just a few minutes of watching TV, their behavior had changed drastically. I wonder how they would have answered a questionnaire asking: “Did watching TV affect your dining experience? Did your food taste better or worse? Did you have more or less satisfying interaction with friends and family?” I don’t have anything against television, but any restaurant that takes pride in its menu or ambiance should consider its role in their establishment. Now when I’m with people I care about, I try to count the number of times I turn away from them to look at a screen of some kind. Try this yourself. You might be surprised.
Anyway, here’s a cool blues by saxophonist Geof Bradfield, from his 2012 album Melba!
Here’s a cool arrangement of an old favorite of mine, Wayne Shorter’s “Prince of Darkness”.