Daily Archives: December 6, 2012

TENDER MOMENTS LIKE THIS: MIKE GREENSILL, HARRY ALLEN, RANDY REINHART, BECKY KILGORE (September 22, 2012 at JAZZ at CHAUTAUQUA)

Many listeners at Jazz at Chautauqua didn’t, I think, know what a fine jazz pianist Mike Greensill is.  Most often he’s in tandem with his wife, the eloquent singer Wesla Whitfield.  But Mike came on his own last September (Wesla was under the weather and I hope she’s better).  Here he leads a no-frills all-star group (Harry Allen, tenor saxophone; Randy Reinhart, cornet; Rebecca Kilgore, vocal on the final two) through four sweet evergreens, memorably.

I don’t have “a favorite song,” but if I did, WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS would be it — echoes of Bing and Louis and fine restorative hopeful sentiment:

WHERE OR WHEN is so sweet, eternally — who cares what the GPS tells us?:

GIVE ME THE SIMPLE LIFE is perhaps a reasonably good statement of Becky Kilgore’s life-philosophy, although I don’t know her position on mashed potatoes.  And the verse!  The verse!:

MOMENTS LIKE THIS is such a wonderful song, and this quartet makes it both lasting and ethereal.  The first chorus is so tender:

How beautiful (and down-to-earth, too)!

May your happiness increase.

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SWEET SOUNDS FOR STEPHANE: JON BURR, HOWARD ALDEN, PAUL PATTERSON at JAZZ AT CHAUTAUQUA (September 22, 2012)

Jazz festivals and parties sometimes go full-throttle in an attempt to please the audience by exciting it (PERDIDO by Flip Phillips, anyone?) but it is always so delicious when things quiet down for a piano recital, or something pretty.  “Pretty” doesn’t have to mean dull or morose, as this chamber-jazz set proves . . . string bassist Jon Burr’s tribute to the violinist Stephane Grappelli, someone he worked with for a dozen years.  Accompanying Jon on this sweet voyage are violinist Paul Patterson of the Faux Frenchmen and the illustrious Howard Alden.  All of this was recorded at Jazz at Chautauqua on September 22, 2012.

Savor! (which is very different from the waitperson putting down your plate and commanding you to ENJOY . . . I assure you).  This compact, evocative program manages to evoke Ivie Anderson, the Marx Brothers, Duke Ellington, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Dooley Wilson.  Ah, the power of the great songs!

ALL GOD’S CHILLUN GOT RHYTHM:

MOONGLOW:

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN:

AS TIME GOES BY:

Ah, you must remember this!

May your happiness increase.