I am now honored to present a love-drama in three acts — three moving musical performances by the irreplaceable duet of Wesla Whitfield (song, voice) and Mike Greensill (song, piano) — recorded on September 20, 2013, at Jazz at Chautauqua — now renamed the Allegheny Jazz Party.
Here, Wesla and Mike move through three moods of Amour:
Sweet wistful yearning for the Ideal.
Erotic transports, enacted and imagined.
The sadness when the relationship has faded.
Their script is musical and lyrical, sweetly intense no matter what the emotions depicted, with not a note out of place or a gesture too broad. Three dear dramas, knit together subtly yet powerfully.
They do this by reinventing three beloved songs: one, a pop hit from the 1946; a two, 1922 Youmans / Caesar song so venerable that it gets taken for granted; three, the mournful Bernstein / Comden / Green classic from ON THE TOWN:
A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE:
TEA FOR TWO:
SOME OTHER TIME:
Whitfield and Greensill, master musicians, subtle dramatists, wise psychologists. There’s no one like them.
May your happiness increase!