In the land of Creative Improvised Music — let’s avoid the narrow little definitions for a moment* — all sorts of delightful cross-pollinations take place. In this wonderful performance of MUSKRAT RAMBLE that you are about to hear and see, of course the guiding spirits are Louis Armstrong and Kid Ory, Chicago, 1926 . . . but I hear a delightful simultaneous current of the Kansas City Six, 1938: Lester Young, Charlie Christian, Buck Clayton, Walter Page. See if you don’t agree.
The living creators playing MUSKRAT are, of course, Bria Skonberg, trumpet; Scott Robinson, metal clarinet; James Chirillo, guitar; Kelly Friesen, string bass.
Thank you, beloved EarRegulars, for filling the air so beautifully!
May your happiness increase.
*About those “definitions.” Some listeners like their cozy boxes. “I only listen to “Trad.” “Mainstream.” “New Orleans.” What difference does the name make if the music lifts you up? On my recent trip to the Sacramento Music Festival, I was suggesting to a new friend that she go to see one of my favorite bands, the Reynolds Brothers. “Oh,” she said, “I don’t know them. Are they Dixieland?” I smiled and said the first thing that came to me, “Gee, I don’t use that word.” I doubt that my reply acted as an effective inducement to hear the band, but I didn’t want to start defining terms . . . not while there was actual music to be heard.