Guitarist Howard Alden could double as a travel agent — taking us all on a musical tour. In his recital at Jazz at Chautauqua (Sept. 16, 2011), we found ourselves in Brazil, the mountains, Japan, Kansas City — with a surprise visit from an immediately recognizable Italian virtuoso pianist. In this first segment, Howard plays a medley of lilting Brazilian jazz tunes. My Portuguese is very poor, so I haven’t transcribed the titles, but the music is lovely no matter what it’s called:
Then, Howard’s tribute to the Master, George Van Eps — a medley of LAP PIANO and MOUNTAIN GREENERY:
From Howard’s latest CD (on Arbors), here’s Joe Pass’ FOR DJANGO and a rocking NAGASAKI:
And, since everyone needs an Italian guide to understand Southwest swing, here’s BASIC RHYTHM with comradely assistance from Rossano Sportiello:
All of this without a heavy suitcase or standing on line at the airport. Thanks, Howard (and Rossano)!