Daily Archives: March 10, 2010

THE INTERNATIONAL SEXTET (March 7, 2010)

Brought to you through the goodness of the indefatigable Rae Ann Berry . . . live from Dixieland Monterey . . . here’s Hal Smith, drums and leader; Anita Thomas and Kim Cusack, reeds; Carl Sonny Leyland, piano; Katie Cavera, guitar; Clint Baker, bass.

And here’s some down-home rock, reminiscent of New Orleans street parade bounce — WHEN MY DREAMBOAT COMES HOME.  How about the leafy intertwining of Anita and Kim, creating a whole universe of reed sounds (Pee Wee pokes in there, as does Herschel); CSL’s rocking piano (did I hear the FAREWELL BLUES?); Clint’s woody pulse; Katie’s solid guidance (she remembers Carmen Mastren).  And Hal — not raucous, loud, or showy, but melodic — singing out on his snare and bass drum.  I heard Warren and Arthur and Raymond (that’s Messrs. Dodds, Singleton, and Bauduc) with a soupcon of Sidney (that’s Catlett) but Hal’s beat could make the sleepers awake, smiling.  As I am:

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