Here are six lovely performances from a Sunday afternoon session at Casa Mezcal, March 29, 2015. The three glorious understated melodists are Tal Ronen, string bass; Mark Lopeman, tenor saxophone; James Chirillo, guitar. To describe or anatomize this music, either by tracing the historical paths that got everyone to this point, or to analyze it as a musicologist would (someone’s surprising use of pedal ninths in bars 11-14) would be both silly and blasphemous. What we have here is beauty, and beauty needs no explanation for those ready to receive it.
One caveat: the room was rather crowded with happy people, so at the start of a few of the videos there is an apparent roar of conversation. It quiets down as this exalted trio begins to work its magic.
IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING (appropriately):
THESE FOOLISH THINGS:
I LET A SONG GO OUT OF MY HEART:
SOME OF THESE DAYS:
May your happiness increase!