For the past four years and more, Sunday nights in lower Manhattan have been set aside — at least for those in the know — for experiments in hot improvisation.  The location was and is The Ear Inn (326 Spring Street, Soho, New York City), 8-11 PM.  The bold creators and co-leaders are Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Matt Munisteri, guitar — with a cast of characters of the highest order.

When The EarRegulars were set to make their debut at Jazz at Chautauqua, they followed the opening spectacular, which brought fifteen musicians onstage . . . this little quartet (Howard Alden [sitting in for Matt Munisteri], Kellso, Scott Robinson, and Jon Burr) might have looked fragile on the stage . . . but those who knew these players and the joyous music they create weren’t worried.  The EarRegulars — nearly eight hours from the beer and talk of a Soho club, outdid themselves.  Here’s the evidence:

She may have been “a peculiar sort of a gal,” but MY GAL SAL didn’t do anyone any harm:

A little Fats Waller pairing: the first song celebrating the virtues of brand-new good behavior, KEEPIN’ OUT OF MISCHIEF NOW:

And as a tribute to (high) fidelity, I’M CRAZY ‘BOUT MY BABY:

Something for Bing Crosby (circa 1934), a special ballad by Scott Robinson, WITH EVERY BREATH I TAKE:

And a patented EarRegular Special, SOME OF THESE DAYS:

Nice to know that this group “travels well”!

3 responses to “THE EARREGULARS TAKE CHAUTAUQUA! (Sept. 16, 2011)

  1. why wasn’t Matt Munisteri there?

  2. AMEN!!

  3. Another great post, NM !! Great musicians,,,The clarity of notes that come out of Jon-Erik’s trumpet are just plain magical!!

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