Steve Pistorius has much to teach us — not only from the keyboard, but about the many stops on the larger journey. Here, at Duke Heitger’s Steamboat Stomp, he gave two small but telling evocations of the moods of Love. Fellow faculty were Duke, trumpet; Tom Fischer, tenor saxophone; Orange Kellin, clarinet; John Gill, banjo; Tom Saunders, tuba; Jeff Hamilton, drums.
The first: The Lover, in Solitude, Longs for the Music that Reminds him (or her) of Pleasing Hours Spent in the Company of the Amorous Ideal, now Presumed Far Away. A Mood of Yearning, of Deep Nostalgia, is Conveyed:
The second: The Lover, Learning of a Betrayal, an Assault on Fidelity, Tells the Miscreant in No Uncertain Terms that his / her Presence is No Longer Welcome in the Domicile:
It’s all true. We’ve lived through these stages, no?
But happier news awaits. Steve, Orange, reedman James Evans, and string bass wizard Tyler Thomson have created a new CD — NEW ORLEANS SHUFFLE — which has been spinning perpetually in the JAZZ LIVES player. I will have more news of this shortly.
May your happiness increase!