I follow Jon-Erik Kellso, who is superbly consistent . . . someone who reaches into his musical bag of treats and invariably comes out with something new — in his depth of feeling, his variety of pure (and impure) sounds, his intensity, his swaying ascents and descents. And when Jon-Erik has intuitive friends around him (as he does many Sundays at The Ear Inn and here) — jazz masters Alex Hoffman, tenor saxophone; Rossano Sportiello, piano; Kerry Lewis, string bass — great things happen. Sweet melodies, hot rhythms.
The proof is right here (recorded Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Jazz at Chautauqua) — where Fifty-Second Street meets Lake Chautauqua, where 1946 and 2013 wander amiably down the same paths.
Because Jon-Erik loves Roy Eldridge (the act of a wise musician), he began the set with the rarely-heard LITTLE JAZZ:
Time for a Basie groove? Always a good idea. Plunge ahead! TOPSY:
Alex displayed his own particular soft, compelling brilliance on THREE LITTLE WORDS:
In honor of the season and also because he doesn’t often get to play it, Jon called for SEPTEMBER SONG, where his sound is so eloquent (and the exchanges with Kerry are a treat):
And a little TEA FOR TWO, inspired by one of Coleman Hawkins’ many riff inventions on its chords:
If you’re not moving around in your chair, something might be wrong with your computer. I have wonderful repair people . . . everything that’s technologically-flawed can be fixed. But this music needs no alterations. Thank you, Jon, Alex, Kerry, Rossano!
May your happiness increase.