Nothing much new to report from the left coast. I didn’t get to see the Padres game because I had to work . blacjax and I are both getting settled in to life out here, slowly but surely. Hopefully we’ll both be back for about a week around the Holidays, she gets off for a million days in a row.
We’re headed to see Pat Metheny, Christian McBride and Antinio Sanchez (the Pat Metheny trio) next Thursday at Humphrey’s by the Bay again. This will be the first time I’ve seen Metheny live ever, one of my favorite albums is an acoustic duet he did with Charlie Haden entitled Beyond the Missouri Sky, great jazz album, good for just chillin’. Christian McBride is an excellent upright bassist, I’ve seen him a few times, mostly when he played with Joshua Redman. Antonio Sanchez is a bad ass Latino drummer. My first exposure to Sanchez was at the 2003 Modern Drummer Fest. After his Mac wouldn’t work the way he wanted, he displayed his independence and extremely technical skills on the set in a freestyle type drum clinic session. I’ve been listening to his stuff with Metheny ever since. I’m sure this is going to be an excellent show.
I just bought a 2002 Music Man Stingray 4 string electric bass. I’ve been watching the Jaco Pastorius instructional tape religiously since, hoping that some of the Jaco magic will rub off as I practice my lines and scales. Every time I watch that tape, I think to myself: “Jeez this guy was a raving lunatic and a genius at the same time…” For those that don’t know who Jaco is, check out his autobiography, a quick read and great insight into what a modern Jazz artist goes through in his life and career (with a little crazy genius flavor thrown in). Playing guitar for so long, I never realized how good some of the rock bassists out there really are: obviously Flea, the guy from STP, the guy from Live, Stefan Lessard and a slew of others are blowing me away as I experiment with some of their riffs and bass lines. I’ve always listened to monsters like Jaco, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Billy Sheehan and others on the Jazz side because their sounds are so out front, but actually picking up the instrument I’m learning that the subtle bassists can also be brilliant. I’m starting to save for a Roland V-Drum set, but that’s so expensive that I’m not sure if I’ll actually get one, maybe eventually when we move into a real house I’ll be able to get an acoustic set to annoy blacjax with :-p.
Speaking of music, y’all should check out Jeff Payne’s new stuff at http://www.myspace.com/linuslowrey – it’s gritty, poppy, and catchy, if you’re into that sort of thing. My favorite of the four is by far “conman”. Took me forever to figure out that the EQ on myspace doesn’t actually represent anything, its just there to look pretty.
Edit: In the course of writing this, I’ve learned that Metheny has added saxophonist David Sanchez to his trio (to make it a quartet ), very cool. David Sanchez is well known as a smooth jazz guy, I’m keeping an open mind though that he’ll come out hot with this lineup.