BRIGHTENING THE CORNER: JOEL PRESS, MICHAEL KANAN, NEAL MINER at MEZZROW: PART ONE (July 26, 2015)

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:

FOOLIN’ MYSELF:

AS LONG AS I LIVE:

LAST EXIT:

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!

4 responses to “BRIGHTENING THE CORNER: JOEL PRESS, MICHAEL KANAN, NEAL MINER at MEZZROW: PART ONE (July 26, 2015)

  1. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Joel Press was always heard about,but never heard.His Big Ben influenced tenor sound makes me want to make up for lost time.Michael Kanan is his usual incomparable self and I hadn’t heard Neal,but he plays the hell out of that axe.I lived in Brooklyn and the village,but no Joel,also in my home town,Boston and still,no Joel,although he was there.Finally.

  2. I’m pleased and proud to report that I’ve been following Joel with a video camera for a few years now, so there is more to hear and see on the blog.

  3. Don "Zoot" Conner

    I failed to comment on my favorite track,LAST EXIT.I love any tune based on OUT OF NOWHERE changes.This and Tadd Dameron’s NOSTALGIA top my list.

  4. Pingback: BRIGHTENING THE CORNER: JOEL PRESS, MICHAEL KANAN, NEAL MINER at MEZZROW: PART TWO (July 26, 2015) | JAZZ LIVES

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