Household names, or at least they should be — the Reynolds Brothers and Clint Baker at the 2012 Sacramento Music Festival, recorded on May 26, 2012. That’s Katie Cavera, string bass, vocal; Marc Caparone, cornet, vocal; Ralf Reynolds, washboard, vocal; John Reynolds, guitar, whistling, vocal; Clint Baker, trombone, clarinet, vocal.
My title comes from a Louis anecdote: someone pressed him very hard about which trumpet player he favored, Bobby Hackett or someone whose name I don’t remember. Louis didn’t like to make such judgments — the other fellow was good and MUSIC itself was the goal, but finally he said, “Bobby. He got more ingredients.”
Here’s some more evidence of why the Reynolds Brothers should be in every home.
For Bill Robinson, who had no problem taking the stairs, DOIN’ THE NEW LOWDOWN:
Fine riffin’ this evening on HONEYSUCKLE ROSE:
“Diamond bracelets Woolworth’s doesn’t sell, baby.” How true! I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE:
Don’t let us catch you “winking your eye at morals,” Brothers and Sisters. THERE’S GONNA BE THE DEVIL TO PAY:
Katie brings out her Yiddishkeit! BEI MIR BIS DU SCHOEN:
Insomniac? TUCK ME TO SLEEP IN MY OLD ‘TUCKY HOME:
They sparkle, they bubble: THEM THERE EYES:
For Higgy and Louis, I’M CONFESSIN’:
For the young fellow from Davenport, Iowa, I’M COMIN’ VIRGINIA:
Romping! CHINA BOY:
Ingredients? How about a whole jazz pantry of subtlety and swing?
May your happiness increase.