Daily Archives: May 7, 2012

TOO GOOD TO IGNORE: The EarRegulars at The Ear Inn (March 25, 2012)

Eddie Condon, when the band was romping through a lengthy IMPROMPTU ENSEMBLE at Town Hall, would encourage a musician to take another solo, and say, happily, “Too good to ignore!”  That’s the way I feel about the music I experienced at The Ear Inn on March 25.  So here are four more sterling performances by four Jazz Masters, no exaggeration there.  They are (from the back) Greg Cohen, string bass; Matt Munisteri, guitar; Scott Robinson, tenor saxophone, taragota, trombonium; Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet.

And here are the four — as the Brits say (I think?) TWO UP, TWO DOWN.

Let us start with a wistfully swinging SOMEDAY SWEETHEART — or, as Pee Wee Russell used to call it, SOMEDAY SWEATSHIRT:

Then something even more searching and sweet — Scott begins observing the dusk with AT SUNDOWN:

A romp through the Orientalia of the early twentieth century with CHINATOWN, MY CHINATOWN:

And a nod to Bix Beiderbecke with SAN:

Wonderful tumbling interplay, great listening among the players!

And as a P.S. — today, May 8, is Mister Kellso’s birthday.  We owe him thanks and hugs for all the beauties he creates!

May your happiness increase.

THANK YOU, BARRELHOUSE BARON! (“Timme Rosenkrantz” to You)

How about some free, accessible, wonderful music featuring Don Byas, Rex Stewart, Billy Kyle, Walter Page, Jo Jones, Teddy Wilson, Flip Phillips, Slam Stewart, Tyree Glenn, Charlie Shavers, Erroll Garner, Eddie Bert, Shorty Rogers, Red Norvo, Specs Powell, Harry Carney, Jimmy Jones . . . some in the studio, some live, between 1938 and 1945?

The connecting thread is that all the music was produced — in various ways, by the Danish jazz enthusiast Timme Rosenkrantz.  he’s the fellow on the right in the picture.

And the music is on the delightful and informative website — created by Mike Matloff — devoted to his book HARLEM JAZZ ADVENTURES, edited by Fradley Garner.  The book is a fascinating gossipy treasure, full of stories none of us would ever read anywhere else.  I devoured it.

But first, how about the music?  Listen here.

My favorite moment — among many — is the closing chorus of A WEE BIT OF SWING where the music seems to be going faster and faster, although you can hear that the Gods, Page and Jo, are holding tempo brilliantly.  Also that record allows us to hear Tyree Glenn on both trombone and vibes and that indefatigable jammer, Rudy Williams, on alto, before Don Byas leaps in and Rex comes on.  What master musicians they were!  Eternal pleasures, I think.  Thank you, Baron!  You had such good taste.

May your happiness increase.