TEN MINUTES OF SPIRITED PLEASURE: RAY SKJELBRED and THE CUBS at SACRAMENTO (May 24, 2014)

Just that.  Ray Skjelbred, piano; Kim Cusack, clarinet; Katie Cavera, rhythm guitar; Clint Baker, string bass; Jeff Hamilton, drums.  Recorded at the Sacramento Music Festival on May 24, 2014 — in a cozy room where I sat so close to the band (my preferred position) that I couldn’t get all of the quintet in at one time.  I hope Jeff Hamilton will forgive me for rendering him temporarily invisible (is this his superpower?) but he surely is delightfully audible.

The tunes — a 1922 Vincent Rose pop-song-turned-jazz-standard, LINGER AWHILE, and a pretty song that we might not have known had not the Jean Goldkette band recorded it, at a faster tempo, a few years later — IDOLIZING:

There’s no other band quite like this one, and we are so fortunate that they exist.

May your happiness increase!

4 responses to “TEN MINUTES OF SPIRITED PLEASURE: RAY SKJELBRED and THE CUBS at SACRAMENTO (May 24, 2014)

  1. Don "Zoot"Conner

    The instrumentation is unique,but powerful;I love this group.Now that you have the power to render people invisible (well Jeff Hamilton) anyway, I’m that Wells, not Ellison find you a kindred soul, Michael.

  2. Joán McGi nnis

    Wonderful 10 minutes! I only wish it had been longer!
    Joán

  3. There are many more minutes of this band in my video collection . . . too precious to blurt out all at once. Stay tuned!

  4. You’re right. There is no other band quite like this! I love them,,Their rhythm is always wonderful, regardless of what they’re playing. I will certainly stay tuned to hear more, Thank you NM

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