GET MELLOW, YOU DOGS: JON-ERIK KELLSO, MATT MUNISTERI, JOHN ALLRED, MURRAY WALL, WARREN VACHÉ, MENNO DAAMS, SHANNON BARNETT, HARVEY TIBBS at THE EAR INN (October 6, 2013)

I was too exhilarated on the evening of October 6, 2013, to put my feelings into words.  The music played at The Ear Inn — the second set of one of the EarRegulars’ Sunday-night revival meetings in swing — was extraordinary.

The EarRegulars on their own are a splendid group — led by trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso and featuring guitarist Matt Munisteri — with an extensive coterie of gifted friends who send us creative gifts Sunday after Sunday.  This Sunday the quartet began with John Allred, trombone, and Pat O’Leary, string bass.

The guests were a brassy bunch (with the exception of string bassist Murray Wall): Warren Vaché (imported from New Jersey) and Menno Daams (from the Netherlands), cornets; Shannon Barnett (from Australia) and Harvey Tibbs (from uptown), trombones.

The second set was a glorious yet expert conversation — friendly musical dialogues at the highest level.  Yes, the solo playing was brilliant, but the easy mastery of the common language (riffs, backgrounds) was just as thrilling.

The first selection here was suggested by an elegant woman from Edinburgh whose name eluded me (I hope she reads this blog so I may identify her properly).  Her jazz credentials are perfect, for she asked for Herschel Evans’ line for the Basie band of 1937-9, DOGGIN’ AROUND.  A sextet of brilliant players assembled: from the left, Warren, Menno, Jon-Erik, John (in the front line); Murray and Matt in the rear:

And as if four horns weren’t enough, how about a few trombones for IN A MELLOTONE?  Warren left for New Jersey after dramatically taking some bills out of his pocket, stuffing them into Phillup DeBucket and announcing loudly, “Tip the band, you cheap _____!” and vanishing into the night.

Menno, Jon-Erik, Shannon, John, Harvey, Murray, and Matt rocked not only The Ear Inn but probably the entire five-borough area.

Mellowly!

Before this set at The Ear Inn, I had been at Michael Kanan’s studio, The Drawing Room (56 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn) to experience the beauty of Abigail Riccards singing and Michael at the piano.  The very moving evidence is here.

An amazing evening.

May your happiness increase!

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8 responses to “GET MELLOW, YOU DOGS: JON-ERIK KELLSO, MATT MUNISTERI, JOHN ALLRED, MURRAY WALL, WARREN VACHÉ, MENNO DAAMS, SHANNON BARNETT, HARVEY TIBBS at THE EAR INN (October 6, 2013)

  1. yeah i love this gig. The tune with Warren is Knockout Love all you guys making me want to come to NYC for a hang xxxx

  2. I was fortunate to be there that night, and it definitely was an amazing “Brassy” trip to “Buzzing Bliss.” Jon-Erik, Matt and others have never failed to wow those in attendance. I have played with many of these players, and they never fail to raise your own abilities when you play with them. A truly wonderful evening of music at its highest level!

  3. Next time, come say hello, Mister Brown!

  4. Love that frontline -some my favorite horns. great jam

  5. Thanks, friends! I was having a ball, to be sure. Menno’s wife filmed some of the 1st set, and I believe he is going to post “The Lady’s In Love With You” with Warren sitting in with us. I hope so, at least, it was a sweet one!

  6. Great stuff, now the secret’s out, Menno Daams is a WORLD class player, fresh, inventive, interesting and daring. Menno deserves huge success and recognition in the US. We already know him in the UK from the Buck Clayton Legacy Band (CD ‘Claytonia’ available). You and I knew how good even great Menno is, now so does everyone else. WONDERFUL, its well deserved.

  7. Wow! I’ve been hoping that Michael would post some videos of this special evening.THANK YOU!

  8. Gentlemen: thanks for your kind comments. The lady’s in love is now available at http://youtu.be/6td9zuRFbIY.

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