Ehud Asherie has always been one of the most brilliant pianists, wherever you find him, with a witty imagination and a racing car driver’s ability to change course, creating elaborate sound-constructions as he goes.  At the remarkable new jazz club Mezzrow (163 West Tenth Street, Greenwich Village, New York City) on September 23, 2014, Ehud and the eloquently swinging bassist Joel Forbes played a few songs before bringing on Rebecca Kilgore.

This cinematic fantasia on Vincent Youmans’ FLYING DOWN TO RIO — a twisting steeplechase of a song — stays in my memory as a virtuosic display worthy of Bud Powell and a whole generation of swinging pianists:

And, if you haven’t seen it recently, here is the actual “pre-Code” aviation fantasy, from the 1933 RKO film of the same name — with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, although they weren’t yet paired:

Incidentally, if Mezzrow seems a cozy, welcoming room with a fine piano and glorious sound — all of these perceptions are correct.

May your happiness increase!


3 responses to “UP IN THE CLOUDS with EHUD ASHERIE and JOEL FORBES at MEZZROW (Sept. 23, 2014)

  1. Ben Calsbeek

    hello! if you can, go to the ear inn this sunday and post some stuff. i lived in budapest the last four years, and the swing scene there is for real. one of the very best players–atilla korb–will be sitting in, i think. i still wish i would have written something with interviews–they’re all total gentlemen–sharing with the swing world how much good stuff is going on in central europe, budapest in particular, but also in the czech republic and even slovakia.cheers!

    Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 19:48:09 +0000 To: bcalsbeek@hotmail.com

  2. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Mr.Asherie and Mr.Forbes compliment each other very nicely.You’re right,Michael, Asherie is right out of the Bud Powell school.His quotes are very “sneaky” and funny; His technique is off the wall. That’s the great thing about the apple, finds like this and I miss it.

  3. Ida Melrose Shoufler

    I can’t even imagine what it must be like to be in the audience and enjoy these two very talented gents play..Next best,,Watch them on JAZZ LIVES! Loved both videos,,Thank you so much, NM…..

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