Daily Archives: March 19, 2012

EIGHT NEW BARS OF TESCH ON TENOR? I HOPE SO.

“Atticus70” (that’s the generous and careful Emrah Erken) proposes that the personnel of this hot dance record is: Sam Lanin dir: Jimmy McPartland, ? Al Harris, c / Tommy Dorsey, tb / Benny Goodman, cl, as / as / Frank Teschemacher, ts / p / bj / bb / d / Scrappy Lambert, v. New York, October 25, 1928.  They are or were THE IPANA TROUBADOURS and the song is DO YOU?

Is it Tesch?  Sure sounds like him:

Or isn’t he?  I recognize “phrase-shapes,” to use the late Dick Sudhalter’s wise words, that Tesch played on clarinet.  And if it isn’t Tesch, the unknown tenor player has an energetic spark that I enjoy listening to — to say nothing of frisky young Mr. Goodman.  Enjoy it — more fun than debating!

I had a momentary ferocious crush on the Twenties girl with glasses . . . an added bittersweet pleasure!

May your happiness increase.

IT’S ON SALE! “RUBY BRAFF: BORN TO PLAY: THE RUBY BRAFF DISCOGRAPHY AND DIRECTORY OF PERFORMANCES” by Thomas P. Hustad

Pssssssssssssst!  It’s on sale now at Amazon — $64.77 (to pre-order) instead of its $95 list price.  Check it here.

I don’t pretend to be objective about Tom Hustad’s book.  I’ve known him — through email, tape-trading, and telephone — for about a decade, and he loves Ruby as much as anyone, is ferociously accurate without being pedantic . . . and he can write.  What’s more, he had the benefit of long conversations with Ruby and long interchanges with people who had taped him, photographed him, corresponded with him . . . including myself.  So I am very much looking forward to BORN  TO PLAY and expect it to not only live up to but surpass my expectations.

Your birthday is coming soon, isn’t it?

May your happiness increase.

KALLY PRICE, ROB REICH, JIM GAMMON: “I’M CONFESSIN'”

Warning: this video is not for those who prefer their singers timid and demure.  Kally Price is the closest thing to a Force of Nature I have ever heard: in fact, if I still had my television set, I would have expected to be notified of this video performance on the Weather Channel.

It’s not that Kally is loud.  Or that she screams and shouts.  Or that she distorts the melody and lyrics into strange shapes, or overindulges in wild scat singing.  None of the above.  But what she does do is to take the most familiar song — in this case, the well-worn I’M CONFESSIN’ — and imbue it with so much intense passion that it’s a wonder that the song doesn’t split at the seams.  Kally has a rich, deep voice that can be sweet, mellow, or downright raw — and a huge emotional range, from caressingly tender to I-am-tearing-myself-open-right-now . . .

She is an extraordinarily powerful actress — I think she could play Medea — but she doesn’t seem as if she is putting on an external guise.  Rather, the words, the music, the power and the sweetness, bubble up from inside her.  Here she’s accompanied by the fine spare pianist Rob Reich (known better as the swinging accordion player for Gaucho) and the eloquent trumpeter Jim Gammon.

Courtesy of Porto Franco Records, you should watch, listen, and marvel for yourself here.  (And I am sure that some of my readers know more about the history of I’M CONFESSIN’ / LOOKIN’ FOR ANOTHER SWEETIE than I do.)

Honestly, I feel shaken after listening to Kally Price.  And that is a good thing!

May your happiness increase.

DON’T MISS THIS! (and it’s FREE): THE EARREGULARS AND THE POETS (Thursday, March 22, 2012, The School of visual Arts, New York City. 6-8 PM)

JAZZ AND POETRY

Thursday, March 22, 6-8 PM

A lively mix of words and notes featuring poet Sean Singer, writer Ann Rower, and jazz trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso and his awe-inspiring jazz group The EarRegulars.

Sean Singer makes frequent reference to jazz and its history in his writing.  His first poetry collection Discography won the 2001 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize.

Ann Rower, a longtime School of Visual Arts faculty member, characterizes her combination of fiction and experience as “transfiction.” Examples include Lee and Elaine (2002) and If You’re a Girl (1990).

Jon-Erik Kellso is one of world’s best jazz trumpeters and a regular on the international classic jazz festival circuit.  He has been leader on several recordings, including Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letter to New Orleans (Arbors Records, 2007).  Jon-Erik’s stellar quartet includes Scott Robinson (saxophone), Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Pat O’Leary (bass) — all of whom have substantial reputations as players, leaders, and composers.

Presented by the Humanities & Sciences Department and the Visual Arts Library

Visual Arts Theatre

School of Visual Arts

333 West 23rd Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues)

Free and open to the public.

A quiet note from the JAZZ LIVES master of ceremonies: some of my friends complain that they would like to hear The EarRegulars but find it genetically impossible to go below 14th Street in Manhattan.  Others have schedules that preclude a Sunday night jazz-hang.  Still others are watching their pence.  All those commentaries are valid and not to be made light of . . . but here’s your chance.  Free!  In Chelsea!  At a reasonable hour!  In a well-lit room!  And the most hip among us know that fine jazz and inspiring poetry have the same improvisatory roots and blossoms.

What’s holding you back? 

I thought you’d say that.  See you there!

May your happiness increase.