My experiences with music at poolside have been less than ideal: someone’s iPod or a boom box, or even oleaginous background music being piped through speakers.
None of that for the Sweet and Hot Music Festival in Los Angeles this past Labor Day weekend (September 2011)! Here are two wonderful instrumental performances by members of the Rebecca Kilgore Quartet that took place beside the pool on Sunday afternoon, September 4, 2011. In the spirit of accuracy, I have to point out that the bluish lighting is not an entirely accurate representation of everyone’s skin tone, and the wind does cut through the singing and playing . . . but it is so far above anything I’ve ever heard by any pool that it deserves to be presented and immortalized.
Here’s a deeply lovely duet — DAY DREAM as caressed, sadly, by Eddie Erickson and Howard Alden. I make Eddie blush and mumble when I say this, but he is the best male ballad singer I know . . . full of tenderness and spirit. He doesn’t belt or overact; he gives us his heart. And Howard’s playing is subtle, sweet, and restrained. Don’t blame the wind: it wanted someone to request THE BREEZE AND I.
Something more festive followed — a trio of Dan Barrett, Howard, and Joel Forbes, working their happy way through Earle Warren’s 9:20 SPECIAL — a Basie classic:
What a way to linger in Los Angeles!