I had never seen these two singular musicians in duet before, but this set at the 2012 Jazz at Chautauqua was a highlight: clarinetist Bob Reitmeier bringing his own cool clear-toned lyricism alongside Keith Ingham’s more impassioned orchestral creations, rocking or pensive.
Berlin’s PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ, which summons up Fred Astaire:
The Carmichael-Mercer SAY IT WITH A KISS, evoking Maxine, Billie, Teddy, and Bobby Hackett:
Bing and Bob, anyone? Here’s the Burke-Van Heusen THE ROAD TO MOROCCO:
The Carmichael-Loesser HEART AND SOUL (explored fully this time):
Memories of Louis, Dizzy, and a Benny Goodman Camel Caravan before Charlie Christian burst on the scene — UMBRELLA MAN:
The Gershwins’ STRIKE UP THE BAND:
There’s a good deal of summer’s-not-over frolic here, but with an awareness that the leaves are starting to turn. And I can look out my window and see the trees weighed down by a November mini-blizzard; I suggest we turn away from the Weather Channel and find our comfort and elation in the beautiful music.
May your happiness increase.