The extraordinary trumpeter, composer, and arranger Menno Daams put together a new quartet — wittily called The Unaccounted Four. I was delighted to find this performance on YouTube — where this quartet plays Sidney Bechet’s LE VIEUX BATEAU. Along with Menno, there’s clarinetist David Lukacs; guitarist Martien Oster; bassist Jos Machtel. The Unaccounted Four reminds me of three magnificent quartets: the 1940 meeting of Muggsy Spanier and Sidney Bechet; the record session Rex Stewart and Barney Bigard made with Django Reinhardt, and the Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet of the early Seventies.
And for those who (like myself) are entranced by Menno and this little band, visit their MySpace page:
This quartet — featuring Menno and the gently persuasive David Lukacs floating over a sweetly hot rhythm duo — is both understated and compelling. More, please!
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