A delicious interchange from the last afternoon of the 2012 Atlanta Jazz Party — Mark Shane and Rossano Sportiello, swing piano masters of subtlety and power, alternating at one piano.
Mark begins with Fats Waller’s AIN’T CHA GLAD? — surely a rhetorical question in these circumstances:
Rossano offers his “Town” medley, more swinging than a discourse on urban planning: IT’S THE TALK OF THE TOWN / CHINATOWN, MY CHINATOWN:
Remembering the beauty of the Basie band when it touched ground for a Herschel Evans rhapsody, Mark tenderly essays BLUE AND SENTIMENTAL:
Quietly announcing his continued good fortune, Rossano plays Bernstein’s LUCKY TO BE ME:
Mark offers a composition of his own, HOMEWARD BOUND:
And the two swing masters team up for a striding game of musical benches, ALL GOD’S CHILLUN GOT RHYTHM:
What a swell party the 2012 Atlanta Jazz Party was! And the 2013 version will have Warren Vache, Dan Barrett, John Sheridan, and Ken Peplowski among the creative merry-makers . . .
May your happiness increase.