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!

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

  1. Rebecca Kilgore

    Hi Mr. Jazz Lives, Sorry I haven’t been in touch, but I think of you always. Ack! I just remembered yesterday was David Schacker’s birthday…. what a clod I am! I shall give him a call today. Much love, Roo

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  2. DDn "Zoot" Conner

    Ray really wails-just one more example the magnificent musicians you’ve introduced me to.Thanks,Michael.

  3. What a joy it is to listen to these musicians play so great, so effortlessly. Their music has to be second nature to them,,It is for me, as a happy listener. You can’t point out one with extra talent,,They all have an ample supply, and are solid musicians. Thank you so much for this post, dear NM.

  4. Dear Michael and Becky, I’m quite sure David loves you back.

  5. Pingback: SOLAR POWER: RAY SKJELBRED, MARC CAPARONE, JIM BUCHMANN, HAL SMITH, KATIE CAVERA, BEAU SAMPLE (San Diego Jazz Fest, Nov. 30, 2014) | JAZZ LIVES

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