When I heard that Joel Press, tenor saxophone; Michael Kanan, piano; Neal Miner, string bass, were going to be playing a late-evening session at one of the two jazz shrines of West Tenth Street, Mezzrow, I got down there early to soak it all in — poems in music from three great lyrical poets.
Here are some highlights, and I do not use that word lightly.
Joel, Michael, and Neal tell us, without words, that melody matters, that the old songs are memorable, and that one can sing beautifully through one’s instrument in a community of friends.
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU:
ALL OF ME:
WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE:
AS LONG AS I LIVE:
Another assortment of beauties to come in the near future. The hymn BRIGHTEN THE CORNER WHERE YOU ARE speaks to our responsibility to do good, to be loving — at a moment’s notice — no matter how secular the surroundings. Mezzrow, seen through the constricting lens of my camera, might be dark, but the music is touchingly bright.
May your happiness increase!