Very simple, beautiful, swinging, and uplifting: a kind of SUNRISE SEMESTER in jazz.
The easy floating and unaffected sincerity (and understatement) of Miss Maxine Sullivan in Bern, 1986.
She’s singing one of my favorite songs; even when the lyrics are a bit thin at points, the sunny affirmation is worth hearing. It’s the Sammy Cahn – Saul Chaplin YOU’RE A LUCKY GUY, from a Cotton Club show that featured both Maxine and that Louis fellow. (His Decca recording of the song has a wonderful J.C. Higginbotham break and Sid Catlett accent that I can hear in my head right now.)
And alongside Maxine — as we say, “Couldn’t they get anyone good?” — a perfect rhythm section: Jack Lesberg on bass, Dick Hyman on piano, and Uncle Jake, Jake Hanna, on the drums.
Thanks to Bob Erwig for sharing this. Breathing? Have music? We’re lucky!