My title comes from a late-Thirties Ellington composition and recording, referring to his definition of swing. What the Maestro described, the EarRegulars embody every Sunday night (8-11 PM, loosely) at The Ear Inn, 326 Spring Street, Soho, New York. Here’s some buoyant music from the April 14, 2013 session.
The noble participants are Matt Munisteri, guitar; Danny Tobias, cornet; Dan Block, clarinet and tenor saxophone; Neal Miner, string bass. A nimble British clarinetist sat in for ROSETTA and TIN ROOF but like the Lone Ranger, left without identifying himself. Perhaps some readers can help credit him?
I don’t know if love was in the air, but the song titles leaned towards the feminine, the romantic, even the heartbroken. I hope JUBILEE was the prevailing mood.
This music doesn’t need explication: but hats off to Matt, Danny, Dan, Neal, and the UK Ranger — they done outdone themselves!
That Midwestern sweetie — faithful, frisky, and true — MY GAL SAL:
MARIE (for Irving, Tommy, and Bunny):
An EarRegulars classic, BLUES MY NAUGHTY SWEETIE GIVES TO ME:
JUBILEE (for Hoagy and Louis):
LOUISIANA (evoking wonderful thoughts of the Kansas City Six, 1938):
WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE (at a tempo far from the morose way it’s often played — a revelation!):
ROSETTA (for Henri Woode):
TIN ROOF BLUES:
I don’t care how dim the lighting is . . . the music blazes brightly! This one’s for Horace G. Irwin, one of the EarRegulars’ more devoted fans.
May your happiness increase.