Daily Archives: January 20, 2015

THE VERY AIR TURNED BLUE: RAY SKJELBRED, MARC CAPARONE, BEAU SAMPLE, KATIE CAVERA, HAL SMITH (San Diego Jazz Fest, Nov. 30, 2014)

This little but majestic ad hoc group that performed one memorable set at the 33rd annual San Diego Jazz Fest on November 30, 2014) had a talent for evoking celestial phenomena.  Check out their MOONGLOW.  Here, they make the very air turn blue.  I don’t mean that in the older sense of the phrase — filling our ears with curses — but in imbuing the very atmosphere with a rocking blues performance.

BLUE AIR BLUES is a Skjelbred reduction: the first phrase of Sidney Bechet’s BLUES IN THE AIR, treated as a rich utterance in itself:

The noble participants, besides Ray at the piano, are Marc Caparone, cornet; Jim Buchmann, saxello, Katie Cavera, guitar; Beau Sample, string bass; Hal Smith, drums.  They deserve many sets.  Or a CD.  Or their own concert.

May your happiness increase!