My French is poor, but I wish to introduce a rocking version of CHINA BOY performed by some of my friends and heroes very early in this new year of 2014:
It was recorded at Pub O’Flaherty’s in Nimes on January 8, 2014, by Armand Yepes (whose video style I admire — it is very reassuring to see people cross in front of the camera in cultured France!) — the musicians are Michel Bastide, cornet; Daniel Huck, saxophone / vocal; Jean-Francois Bonnel, tenor saxophone and more; Bernard Antherieu, clarinet; Philippe Guignier, banjo; Patrice Aviet, string bass; Jeff Guyot, washboard. I know Monsieurs Bastide and Bonnel from Whitley Bay, M. Guyot from our conversations online, and the others I admire even though we have not met in person. If someone were to ask me what moves me in jazz right this moment, I would play them this CHINA BOY. I especially delight in M. Huck’s two irrepressibly joyous scat choruses: how the austere-looking woman on the couch is so reserved is beyond me, but, then again, I am not French.
A thousand thanks, gentlemen. You bring us joy.
May your happiness increase!