Rae Ann Berry took her video camera to Cafe Divine yesterday (that’s March 24, 2010) to capture the inspired duo of Clint Baker (trumpet, trombone, and more) and Craig Ventresco (the guitar-orchestra). These two videos are a special kind of jazz — the music that musicians play for themselves when they’re alone or when no one is listening too closely. It’s hot, fervent, and adventurous — if you make a mistake, you moan and keep playing, for this kind of relaxed playing needs a mistake or two to be real.
Here Clint and Craig perform a properly slow-moving version of SAVOY BLUES, from the Hot Five book:
And — also circa 1926 — here’s ORIENTAL MAN, complete with verse:
Divine stuff! I’m looking forward to meeting Rae Ann — in a non-cyber incarnation — this weekend in San Francisco, where I can say THANK YOU! in person.