If you know anything about the Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party (formerly known as the Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival) you can’t help being fond of and admiring Patti Durham. She continues to be a loving presence, a truly dear friend to many people. So “this one’s for Patti”: one of her favorite songs, performed at the 2012 Party.
GUILTY is one of those pretty, emotive early-Thirties ballads associated with Al Bowlly. Here, it’s performed by the emotionally compelling (and always swinging) Spats Langham, vocal and guitar; Rico Tomasso, trumpet; Jens Lindgren, trombone; Emma Fisk, violin; Norman Field, reeds; Martin Litton, piano; Manu Hagmann, string bass; Richard Pite, drums. And as the performance goes along, I always imagine a meeting of Bowlly with a mid-Thirties Teddy Wilson band . . . an alternate universe in the Brunswick studios, where sweet meets swing:
Thank you, dear Patti, for inspiring us in so many ways.
May your happiness increase!