All the circumstances were against it: a Sunday morning session in a small room off the main stem at the 2012 Jazz Bash by the Bay (also called Dixieland Monterey) 2012. But anyone who underestimates the superpowers of pianist Carl Sonny Leyland is in for a swinging series of shocks. And on this session he was joined by the reliable Marty Eggers, string bass, and Josh Collazo, drums. Power, style, grace, and the blues!
Here are a few selections from their exuberant commingling.
A nicely seasoned performance of the Albert Ammons BOOGIE WOOGIE BLUES:
Faster than a speeding bullet — and twice as accurate — SONG OF THE WANDERER:
Showing us all the subtleties and variations within the form: MR. FREDDIE BLUES:
Feeling like a few notes of Rachmaninoff would suit you nicely? Here’s the RUSSIAN RAG, played at a splendidly leisurely tempo:
Be sure to hang on to the bannister, please! OH, BABY! — evoking old Chicago:
Masters of swing!
May your happiness increase.