“DO SOMETHING, PLEASE!”: ANDY SCHUMM, MARTY GROSZ, JOHN SHERIDAN, FRANK TATE, RICKY MALICHI at JAZZ at CHAUTAUQUA (Sept. 21, 2012)

As good a group as you’ll hear . . .  everyone pointed in the same direction, playing solid songs that have a great deal of life in them, with lilt, wit, and swing.  That’s Andy Schumm, cornet; Marty Grosz, guitar and vocal; John Sheridan, piano; Frank Tate, string bass; Ricky Malichi.  Recorded on September 21, 2012, at Jazz at Chautauqua.

Taken at a stomping tempo, DO SOMETHING (without its wooing lyrics) is more of a swinging command to the shy lover:

I have a deep fondness for PLEASE — having heard Bing’s versions, early and late, and the passionate Ruby Braff-Ellis Larkins exploration.  We are welcome to silently analyze Andy’s calling these two songs in this order — but I’d rather savor the melodic beauty here:

One of the delights of Jazz at Chautauqua is a splendid array of sheet music — and there were many copies of WEARY RIVER.  Andy knew the song but copied out the verse for John Sheridan — their rubato episode is beautiful indeed.  (If I recall correctly, the song comes from a First National film, circa 1929, starring Richard Barthelmess — one of the delights of sheet music as opposed to simply hearing the song on a recording):

INDIANA might seem a very tired choice, but not when you have scholars like Schumm and Grosz on the case, sniffing out the chord changes from the late Twenties recording by Red Nichols — a series of small pleasurable shocks, even before Marty (paying tribute to vocalizing Eddie Condon) sings for us about Middle Western nostalgias:

May your happiness increase.

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2 responses to ““DO SOMETHING, PLEASE!”: ANDY SCHUMM, MARTY GROSZ, JOHN SHERIDAN, FRANK TATE, RICKY MALICHI at JAZZ at CHAUTAUQUA (Sept. 21, 2012)

  1. Thank you for recording, and then publishing this as a set, Michael. Your text helps put us there. For those of you who have yet to attend, this annual Chautauqua event is not to be missed. Listen, talk, walk with friendly musical giants in a GRAND old hotel. Gaze out tall double-sashed windows at the ample porch, lake, towering trees. Stroll around the village, and of course, if you’re inclined, eat and drink well, and non-stop for three days and nights. But the music is the treasure, and thanks to you, Michael, it keeps on giving.

  2. Posts like this are why I love JAZZ LIVES!!! Thank you so much NM,

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