Here’s a beautiful performance by a group of players who truly know one way to create beautiful hot jazz . . . steady but rocking, sweet but intense. The emotional temperature of the music rises, but the tempo doesn’t budge. Each instrumental voice is clear, distinct, personal — combining to make a harmonious instrumental conversation. It’s the sort of performance you can hear several times in a row and each time, happily, discover new delights.
The players? Chris Tyle, cornet; Leon Oakley, cornet; John Gill, trombone; Mike Baird, clarinet; Steve Pistorius, piano; Clint Baker, banjo; Marty Eggers, string bass; Hal Smith, drums.
Chris not only plays beautifully but he has a knack for assembling the best players and making them sound — at a record date or a concert — as if they have been working and touring for years. The performance (a rarely heard Twenties pop song) evokes King Oliver and his bands, but copies nothing.
Now, you’ll notice that this isn’t one of my videos of this band at a festival, in a club, or in a concert hall. If this band did have such a gig, I would be there as quickly as my job / bank balance would allow. Is any festival promoter or jazz booker out there listening? The NRA sign says WE DO OUR PART . . . why not? The title of this song is its own commentary, but that absence could be repaired without much difficulty, I think.
May your happiness increase!