Daily Archives: August 8, 2014

SUNDAY MORNING SERENADES: ED POLCER, DAN BARRETT, JOHN COCUZZI, BUCKY PIZZARELLI, PAUL KELLER at the ATLANTA JAZZ PARTY (August 26, 2014)

Even the most ardent jazz fan might not want to hear the band at full strength immediately on rising.  In keeping with that idea, here is a too-brief set of quiet beauty — swinging music performed on a Sunday morning (April 26, 2014) at the Atlanta Jazz Party by five masters of the craft: Ed Polcer, cornet; Dan Barrett, trombone; Paul Keller, string bass; Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar; John Cocuzzi, piano.

Listeners who have good memories or who were around in the years 1951-1976 might, as I did, note a gentle evocation of the music Bobby Hackett and Vic Dickenson made together — no copying of phrases at the 2014 Party, but a gentle melodic caress by all the players — showing just how much variety remains in “rhythm ballads” at “medium tempo.”

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Thanks to these sensitive musicians and to the Atlanta Jazz Party, where such lyrical music is always offered so generously.

May your happiness increase!