Now that there’s a brief rest in the intense high spirits and good cheer of the holiday season, I think it is incumbent upon JAZZ LIVES to offer an emotional balance — some Thirties despair.
The song, courtesy of Fats Waller and Andy Razaf (the latter sensed but not heard) is LONESOME ME, performed just a few nights ago (December 16, 2014) by Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet, and Ehud Asherie, piano, at the 163 West Tenth Street jazz mecca in New York City, Mezzrow:
I don’t know whether this music will make you feel better or worse. Despair, expressed beautifully in art, turns an admiring eye on itself, and says, “Life is sad but so beautiful.” LONESOME ME may act homeopathically: like curing like. I hope its beauty is salutary.
May your happiness increase!