In his book ANSWERED PRAYERS, Truman Capote planned to include a story, “And Audrey Wilder Sang,” referring to the lovely wife of director Billy Wilder. If she sang, you knew it had been a memorable party.
Capote never met Tamar Korn, that brave improviser, but that’s his great loss.
When she’s an unexpected guest, rare music results — as it did at the end of the night last Sunday, November 14, 2010, at The Ear Inn.
I’ve already delighted in the performances of Pete Martinez, Dan Block, Matt Munisteri, Jon Burr, and John Bucher. (But why not another few lines in praise of Dan’s deep repertoire of riffs and timbres, of Pete’s passionate intensity, Matt’s rocking work — singing along with his solo on the second title — and Jon’s woody propulsion. And how they fit together here!)
Tamar brought her own special kind of drama (without artifice), deep emotion, and vocal beauty to two songs. And the audience at The Ear paid her the compliment of listening closely. Perhaps they, too, were swept away by the vision of sweet pastoral she offered on UP A LAZY RIVER:
Then Tamar suggested THE SONG IS ENDED — thinking no doubt of her heroes the Mills Brothers and Louis Armstrong who had recorded this Irving Berlin number at a trotting tempo nearly seventy-five years ago. Paradoxically, when Tamar told us the song was ended, it only made us want to hear her sing more:
Thank you, Tamar. Thank you, gentlemen — for moments like this, so rare in anyone’s listening experience, perhaps in anyone’s life.