Thursday evening I had dinner with my friend Joe at the Longman & Eagle. Joe knows a great deal about good music. Without fail, every time I see him he has three or four amazing records to tell me about. After dinner we played pool at Gingerman's. Apart from the bartender, me and Joe, there was one other person in the place. Joe kicked my ass three times. I've never been very good, but I love to play.
Joe mentioned the Miles Davis record In A Silent Way, how he'd gotten the 180 gram vinyl. I thought, shit, I haven't heard that record in... I went and got my copy this afternoon and I'm playing it as I write this. I'd forgotten what a masterpiece this is. You just fall into it and get lost. Transcendent...more so with a bottle of wine.
While in the car he played Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma. (Flying Lotus being the great-nephew of the late Alice Coltrane, whose husband was John Coltrane. He is also the cousin of musician Ravi Coltrane.) I had toruble with this record when Joe first turned me on to it, but I can hear it now. The bass on "Pickled!" has to be heard to be believed.
When he picked me up he was playing Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle, from Bill Callahan of Smog fame. How this record got past me I have no idea. I have a few weeks on the road now, I believe I'll be taking this one with me.