“YOURS SINCERELY”: RAY SKJELBRED, MARC CAPARONE, BEAU SAMPLE, HAL SMITH at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (November 28, 2014)

In this era of all things made insubstantial, many of us think of communication as somehow bodiless: the tinny voice coming out of the cellphone, the text, the email, the Facebook message.  But there’s still mail, and even if you haven’t gotten a handwritten letter or card in years, perhaps you can remember the thrill of going to the mailbox and getting a surprise, a delight, something that made you very happy — whether you opened the envelope right there or waited until you got inside your home.  (The endorphin rush that one gets when someone you want to hear from has sent you an email is this century’s equivalent, but it isn’t the same as holding an envelope in your hands.)

ONE SWEET LETTER FROM YOU focuses on someone waiting for that letter, for the Loved One to drop a line of sweet affection.  Here it’s played and sung magnificently at the 2014 San Diego Jazz Fest by Ray Skjelbred, piano /vocal; Marc Caparone, cornet; Beau Sample, string bass; Hal Smith, drums:

Dear Ray, those piano lessons weren’t wasted.  We bless your parents.

May your happiness increase!

5 responses to ““YOURS SINCERELY”: RAY SKJELBRED, MARC CAPARONE, BEAU SAMPLE, HAL SMITH at the SAN DIEGO JAZZ FEST (November 28, 2014)

  1. Bill Gallagher

    Nor were the horn lessons wasted on Marc! At the beginning of this tune, I thought that Ray was going to start out with “I’m Comin’, Virginia” – lotsa similarity there.

  2. DDn "Zoot" Conner

    A well-played with lots of love.

  3. Another song I wasn’t familiar with. You continue to educate me.

  4. Happy to be of service! Now look for the Lionel Hampton Victor version (1939) with Red Allen, J. C. Higginbotham, Charlie Christian, and Sidney Catlett . . . not bad for a pick-up group.

  5. My oh my! That was simply wonderful. Being played and sung by three of my very favorite musicians. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that song played better. Thank you Ray. Hal, Marc and Beau. And of course you, my dear nephew Michael. Without you I would have missed this.

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