Daily Archives: April 20, 2015

MR. SMITH GOES TO NEW ORLEANS (HAL SMITH, JAMES EVANS, KRIS TOKARSKI at the BOMBAY CLUB, APRIL 11, 2015)

I feel surrounded by friends.  There is the superb drummer Hal Smith (whose mastery of sounds is quite delicious), whom I’ve known for years, pianist Kris Tokarski, whom I hold dear although we’ve not met, reedman / singer James Evans, who is even more un-met but much admired . . . and the nimble new videographer Kelley Rand — who captured this wonderful trio at New Orleans’ Bombay Club on April 11, 2015.

Here are three samples:

MEAN TO ME

LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

LESTER LEAPS IN

Kelley’s also captured SUGAR, OLD FASHIONED LOVE, MY SILENT LOVE, JUST YOU, JUST ME, ROSETTA, BODY AND SOUL, and ‘DEED I DO by this trio, as well as wonderful solo performances by Kris. Here’s a tenderly swinging DROP ME OFF IN HARLEM, the title of his CD:

What wonderful music.  Thanks to everyone for spreading the gospel of swinging love.

May your happiness increase!