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 of the first part of the evening.
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.
YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY:
GONE WITH THE WIND:
HOW’S THE HORN TREATING YOU:
GHOST OF A CHANCE:
IT’S YOU OR NO ONE:
Joel has absorbed the whole tradition of jazz but stays current, exploring worlds while swinging, always sounding like himself. Michael and Neal are the best guides to the opened universe of sounds that I know.
May your happiness increase!