UNDECIDED — by Charlie Shavers — evokes a certain ambivalence. “What do you want to call this tune, Charlie?” “UNDECIDED” comes back in a telegram — or so the story goes. I remember Bobby Hackett, Vic Dickenson, Dave McKenna, Jack Lesberg, and Cliff Leeman playing it in such a manner that you knew there was no dithering at all.
Here’s a more current example: Jonathan Stout and the Campus Five, with guest Casey MacGill on guitar and scat vocal; Jim Ziegler on trumpet; Albert Alva on tenor saxophone; Chris Dawson on piano; Wally Hersom on string bass; Josh Collazo on drums; Jonathan himself on guitars. It was recorded just a few days ago — January 4, 2013, at Rusty’s Rhythm Club – a weekly swing dance at an Elks Lodge in Playa del Rey, California. Rusty’s also has live music on the first Fiday of the month: details here.
I like music that knows its own mind. Even though the video is somewhat informal, it’s a gift to have it. To see more of Jonathan’s bands, you need only visit here.
May your happiness increase.