Sunday, January 25, 2015, the generous and inventive EarRegulars laid out a big banquet of delicious sounds at The Ear Inn in Soho — 326 Spring Street, where they are every Sunday evening from about 8 to about 11 PM. Here are two tastes — to me they are precious, creations that do not and will not diminish.
But The EarRegulars proved once again that life is the best fiction writer. You’ll see what I mean.
Later in the evening one of the Majesties called an old favorite, DO YOU EVER THINK OF ME? (There have been several songs with this title — understandably — but this is from 1920, by Harry D. Kerr, John Cooper, and Earl Burnett. )
In its 1920 incarnation, it must have been a very sad ballad: the forgotten lover wondering just how deeply and why (s)he has been forgotten. But The EarRegulars are not always given to maudlin expressions like that; they follow the great jazz tradition of turning pathos into swing. As they did here:
What next? Someone then suggested a great 1927 hot number by William H. Butler (not the ballad of a decade later) made famous by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five. The brilliant young clarinetist Evan Arntzen had dropped by and was all ready to join them, too.
ONCE IN A WHILE:
Imagine the dialogue between those two song titles at your leisure, please.
Don’t miss the entirely impromptu duet for taragoto (Robinson) and guitar (Munisteri) late in the performance, and the band’s collective decision to visit Dardanella in her tent.
It’s just one of the brilliant moments in art-becomes-life-while-life-is-being-artistic that happens every Sunday evening at The Ear Inn. . . . a pleasure that started in summer 2007. Get some for yourself.
May your happiness increase!