I was at The Ear Inn last Sunday night, delighting in the sounds so generously offered by The EarRegulars. So it seems the most natural thing to share with you the second half of my post on the beauty laid before us on May 15, 2016, and its implications for people devoted to that beautiful phenomenon, jazz as created by living musicians in front of an appreciative audience.
In that post, you’ll hear two glorious performances by Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Scott Robinson, tenor saxophone, octavin, bass taragoto; Matt Munisteri, guitar; Greg Cohen, string bass.
Here are two more extended musical journeys — with a small travelogue by Scott Robinson about his unusual instruments in the middle.
Mister Morton’s WOLVERINE BLUES, with all its strains beautifully presented. Pay close attention to the closing minutes, where the gentlemen of the ensemble add some wonderfully surrealistic ornamentation to the familiar themes. At the close, you’ll hear an excited voice adding an unexpurgated affirmation: that’s the young reed wizard Evan Arntzen, seated to my right at the bar:
That deserves more than one viewing / hearing. And I agree with Evan.
Scott Robinson is always asked about his magical musical implements, and this time I captured his words and gestures on video:
And, finally, the wistful question, DO YOU EVER THINK OF ME? — served hot:
I think that what the EarRegulars (and many other noble strivers) create is life-enhancing. But without getting too didactic, such beauty deserves and needs our tender care, which takes the shape of active participation and personal support. You know how to do that.
May your happiness increase!