The cheerfully flexible gypsy-jazz organization known as GAUCHO celebrated its tenth anniversary at Amnesia (853 Valencia Street, San Francisco: amnesia) on August 29, 2012. Traditionally a tenth anniversary is celebrated with gifts of tin or aluminum . . . I hope that the tip basket brimming with bills stood in successfully for “tin.” But the crowd at Amnesia gave GAUCHO and Tamar Korn an even better present — a warm reception.
And the videos that follow prove how deeply GAUCHO and Tamar were welcomed in San Francisco. Occasionally the warmth proved physically exuberant: I and my tripod and camera were in fairly constant danger of being treated like Dorothy Gale by some positively athletic dancing couples. But everyone survived.
For this celebration, GAUCHO consisted of leader – guitarist – composer Dave Ricketts and the eminent swing guitarist Michael Groh in tandem, with the vigorous reedman Ralph Carney, the wily Rob Reich on accordion and piano, the ingenious Ari Munkres on string bass.
They began the evening with an energized I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS:
Then one of Dave’s compositions that has reached a larger audience through the cinema, DOUBLE BARREL:
BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA was anything but wistful Midwestern nostalgia:
Then Tamar joined them for the cautionary yet swinging COMES LOVE:
She followed with a romping DINAH:
And harking back to what I perceive as her roots, Berlin’s RUSSIAN LULLABY:
Finally, she offered two Ricketts (melody) – Korn (lyrics) collaborations:
This party also served to announce once again Gaucho’s new CD, PART-TIME SWEETHEART (all originals by Dave) with contributions from Leon Oakley, cornet; Clint Baker, various instruments; Georgia English, vocals; Vic Wong, guitar; Elizabeth Goodfellow, drums; Marty Eggers, tuba; Dave and Michael. Look for it wherever better music is sold — in this case, gauchojazz.
May your happiness increase.