THE WORLD ON A STRING: CHUCK REDD, HOUSTON PERSON, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, NICKI PARROTT, ED METZ at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ PARTY (February 22, 2014)

Chuck Redd is a natural, no matter how much hard work it took for him to get to that place.  Creating ringing sweet melodies on the vibes, or swinging subtly on his drum kit, he adds so much to any band.  He did it many times during the 26th San Diego Jazz Party, and the three performances that follow are evidence of his understated mastery.  Chuck (on vibes) was joined by Houston Person, tenor saxophone; Rossano Sportiello, piano; Nicki Parrott, string bass; Ed Metz, drums, for an all-too-brief set of music dedicated to Barney Kessel:

I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING:

SO DANCO SAMBA:

BLUES:

Thank you, Chuck, for shining your light on us.

May your happiness increase!

2 responses to “THE WORLD ON A STRING: CHUCK REDD, HOUSTON PERSON, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, NICKI PARROTT, ED METZ at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ PARTY (February 22, 2014)

  1. Herrlibe@aol.com

    Michael: Thanx for this. I get to hear these cats a lot around Jersey & NYC. Found a blues featuring Harry & Houston with this rhythm section from San Diego on YouTube. I’ve been appointed to board of Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, whose concerts are packed, especially since SSO went tap city & replacement orchestra, Symphoria, schedules only occasional concerts of classical warhorses. If I eventually make the programming committee for SFCM, I can’t wait to propose Rossano to play Chopin, Liszt or anything else he wants–with or without the musicians in band seen here. I’m also photog for Cooperstown Summer Music Fest, which schedules 1 jazz combo among the chamber ensembles each August. So does Skaneateles Festival. Notion has started to grow that small group jazz is America’s best contribution to modern chamber music. John

  2. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Nice set and Chuck Redd is a revelation. Nice to hear Houston again.

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