Here’s that lovely band again, with a youthful guest star who fits right in. Tim Laughlin, clarinet; Connie Jones, cornet / vocal; Mike Pittsley, trombone; Chris Dawson, piano; Katie Cavera, guitar; Marty Eggers, string bass; Hal Smith, drums, and Chloe Feoranzo, clarinet / tenor. Recorded at the San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Festival, now the San Diego Jazz Fest, on November 23, 2012.
The tune list reminds me of an imagined Eden — Eddie Condon’s in the late Fifties. A few old-fashioned singable pop hits of the Twenties, some “Chicago jazz,” Morton, Beiderbecke, Carmichael, Handy, Charles Ellsworth Russell. A perfectly balanced diet: ask any swing nutritionist.
PEE WEE’S BLUES:
SINGIN’ THE BLUES:
THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE:
BEALE STREET BLUES (how splendidly Connie — the great storyteller — sings this!):
I’ve written a good deal about this band — whose music thrills me every time — but I’d like to point out a few things: the way Tim and Chloe intertwine, and his beautiful low register and her energies. Marty’s unerring pulse and big fat notes! The beautiful introductions Chris creates. How Hal keeps everyone on track, and his wonderful sounds. Katie’s delicious acousticism! Mike’s intelligent, intuitive ensemble work, and conversational solos. And Connie’s poignancy. Beautiful tempos that never seem too fast or too slow: music for dancing, for dreaming, for uplifting the heart.
LINGER AWHILE isn’t just a song title here; it’s a gracious invitation into deep mysteries of beauty, accessible to everyone but nearly impossible to reproduce.
May your happiness increase.