If you think my title is hyperbolic, I urge you to go immediately to the video performances below, recorded live at The Ear Inn (326 Spring Street, Soho, New York City) on March 18, 2012. The players were “The EarRegulars,” a small group originally founded by guitarist Matt Munisteri and trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso. Last Sunday, Matt was off making audible fireworks in Austin, Texas, so the personnel was Jon-Erik (on a surprisingly svelte Puje trumpet); Andy Farber, tenor saxophone; Chris Flory, guitar; Neal Miner, bass. And their friends: Alex Hoffman, tenor; Dan Block, alto saxophone.
Swing aristocrats, casually launching their sweet ideas into the unknown. Stretching out, spreading joy, lighting up our souls.
Cole Porter’s WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE? — at “Ben Webster tempo”:
A romping COQUETTE:
I was exhausted on Monday morning but thrilled that I had stayed for this set. If there are any logicians and semanticists in the JAZZ LIVES readership, perhaps they can chew on this apparent paradox:
1) I don’t think anyone could improve on this music.
2) The EarRegulars — in their various guises — do this whenever they play.
Blessings on all the EarRegulars and their noble friends — an uplifting community where every tub is on its own bottom — a model for us all.
May your happiness increase.