A few nights ago, on Friday, June 6, 2014, Clint Baker and friends turned Cafe Borrone (1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, California) into a New Orleans dance hall for two sets from 7:30 to 10 PM. Clint and friends are usually known as Clint Baker and his Cafe Borrone All Stars; for this night, because of so many long-time friends and colleagues gathered together to make music, they were his New Orleans Jazz Band. Appropriately!
“Hear me talkin’ to you!” Clint, trumpet, vocal; Bill Carter, clarinet, ensemble vocal; Jim Klippert, trombone, ensemble vocal; Monte Reyes, banjo, vocal; Bill Reinhart, guitar; Sam Rocha, string bass, vocal; J Hansen, drums.
PUT ON YOUR OLD GREY BONNET (with ensemble warbling):
BUGLE BOY MARCH:
I’M ALONE BECAUSE I LOVE YOU (vocal by Sam):
THE SECOND LINE:
SOME OF THESE DAYS (vocal by Clint):
SWEET LOTUS BLOSSOM (vocal by Clint):
ICE CREAM (ensemble chorusing. no artificial ingredients):
“KEEP IT REAL” Bb BLUES:
JUST A LITTLE WHILE TO STAY HERE (that rocking carpe diem):
LADY BE GOOD (with Monte’s justly famous vocal):
A friend gave me a copy of the latest issue of DOWN BEAT — with nice coverage of Eric Alexander, Brian Blade, Sonny Rollins, even a review of a new Bucky Pizzarelli CD. But no feature on Clint Baker or the wonderful happenings at Cafe Borrone. Their loss. What would it take to get DOWN BEAT to come down here? I would buy the reporter a nice plate of polenta, carrots, kale, and cauliflower, or something else from their good kitchen: you have my word. Until then, if you can get down here, you won’t regret the trip; if it’s too far away, please share this blogpost with people you know who would like it. Clint and his pals are creating hot, subtle delights regularly — and your attention is perhaps the best tribute.
May your happiness increase!