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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