Clarinetist / singer Bobby Gordon is one of the great poets of jazz. I won’t say he’s “unsung” because the people who know love his delicate traceries. And Bobby certainly knows how to sing!
I could write a paragraph on his sweet quirky lyricism, his way of finding the delicious surprising notes that go right to our hearts — but eight bars of Bobby will do it better than any description.
Here he is at the 1997 Mid-America Jazz Festival — thanks to Don Wolff for the video! — with Marty Grosz and Greg Cohen, on a tender IT’S THE TALK OF THE TOWN:
Something sweet from the same session (with Peter Ecklund, cornet; Greg, string bass) prefaced by one of Philosopher / Social Anthropologist / Professor Grosz’s analyses, so true:
Thank you, Bobby, Marty, Peter, Greg, and Don. This music brings the sun in the room.
May your happiness increase.