Daily Archives: March 14, 2010

GOOD TO THE LAST DROP!

I love this song — from 1932 by Irving Berlin — with its innate optimism, and I am very fond of this heartfelt performance by the Jazz Tuber Trio (yes, you read that right): Jimmy Mazzy (banjo, vocals); Eli Newberger (tuba), Ted Casher (clarinet) — posted on that cornucopia of delights, YouTube:

And, yes, everything will be better by the time you finish the coffee and pie.  Of course, a French press, good coffee, and real pie are essentials.  I’m not sure that McDonald’s apple pie and coffee in styrofoam will have the same salutary effect, but maybe it’s the spirit of the thing rather than the actual substance.   And, yes, Alan Greenspan is no longer in charge of things — but he did start out loosely connected to jazz, so perhaps he deserves mention here.

Wishing you all optimistic outcomes right now and in the future!

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THE INTERNATIONAL SEXTET (Part Two)

“Chicago style” is such a misnomer, because only a handful of musicians associated with it were born or worked in that city.  But it is a particular style to cherish — with certain little conventions (flares and explosions) and marked overall by hot intensity (not expressed in volume or speed but in emotional strength). 

Here are two more examples from Anita Thomas, Kim Cusack (reeds), Carl Sonny Leyland (piano), Katie Cavera (guitar), Clint Baker (bass), Hal Smith (drums) — improvising on two old favorites that deserve to be played often:

MY GAL SAL:

THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE:

Recorded by Rae Ann Berry on March 7, 2010 at Doxieland Monterey.  Of course!