As good a group as you’ll hear . . . everyone pointed in the same direction, playing solid songs that have a great deal of life in them, with lilt, wit, and swing. That’s Andy Schumm, cornet; Marty Grosz, guitar and vocal; John Sheridan, piano; Frank Tate, string bass; Ricky Malichi. Recorded on September 21, 2012, at Jazz at Chautauqua.
Taken at a stomping tempo, DO SOMETHING (without its wooing lyrics) is more of a swinging command to the shy lover:
I have a deep fondness for PLEASE — having heard Bing’s versions, early and late, and the passionate Ruby Braff-Ellis Larkins exploration. We are welcome to silently analyze Andy’s calling these two songs in this order — but I’d rather savor the melodic beauty here:
One of the delights of Jazz at Chautauqua is a splendid array of sheet music — and there were many copies of WEARY RIVER. Andy knew the song but copied out the verse for John Sheridan — their rubato episode is beautiful indeed. (If I recall correctly, the song comes from a First National film, circa 1929, starring Richard Barthelmess — one of the delights of sheet music as opposed to simply hearing the song on a recording):
INDIANA might seem a very tired choice, but not when you have scholars like Schumm and Grosz on the case, sniffing out the chord changes from the late Twenties recording by Red Nichols — a series of small pleasurable shocks, even before Marty (paying tribute to vocalizing Eddie Condon) sings for us about Middle Western nostalgias:
May your happiness increase.