One set by Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band wouldn’t have been enough for anyone — either the audience at the Wednesday Night Hop at Mountain View, California, or for the wider audience of JAZZ LIVES. So here’s the second collection of exuberances: six songs, four of them explicitly New Orleans-rooted, the other two jazz classics.
And a surprise. When the band took to the stage for the first set, it was Clint (trumpet, leader, vocals); Jim Klippert (trombone, vocal); Robert Banics (clarinet), Jason Vanderford (banjo, vocal); Sam Rocha (bass, tuba); J. Hansen (drums), Carl Sonny Leyland (piano). But a very nimble pianist — masquerading as the brilliant drummer Jeff Hamilton — was prevailed upon to sit in, and Jeff played the first four tunes of the set, having a good time himself.
And you’ll notice the absence of microphones. Who needs them when you’ve got swing this hot?
Those tunes? Well, why not start off with a Debussyian dream, full of watercolor shadings and sweet pastels? On second thought, let the impressionists be dreamy elsewhere. Here’s TIGER RAG:
Clint (who’s not a whiner) likes the Jelly Roll Morton tune, a thinly-veiled advertisement of erotic prowess, WININ’ BOY BLUES. Don’t deny his name:
William H. Tyers’ classic PANAMA followed, its multiple strains in place:
And one of the most-often played and most durable songs in the common language of small-band-swing, HONEYSUCKLE ROSE:
Carl came back to play his part in an energetic SOME OF THESE DAYS:
And the set closed with a funky blues — somewhere between Bill Haley and the Comets and MOP MOP — which I know as JOE AVERY’S PIECE (although it might also be JOE AVERY’S BLUES):
Oh, play those things!