Certain combinations of musicians — and there are many variations on this theme — can make me shake off my sloth and move quickly to where they will be playing. One such trio is Rob Adkins, string bass; Dan Block, clarinet and tenor saxophone; Ehud Asherie. These three wizards of swinging melodic improvisation got together last Sunday, October 25, 2015, for a party in a manner a la mode — at Casa Mezcal on Orchard Street — that’s the Lower East Side of New York City.
Here are four gems from early on in the program: old tunes played with such sweet fervor that they don’t sound old.
QUASIMODO, Charlie Parker’s winding line on the chord changes of EMBRACEABLE YOU:
SHOE SHINE BOY — via Jones-Smith, Inc., New York by way of Kansas City and Chicago. Romping! —
UP JUMPED YOU WITH LOVE, a sweetly mobile swing paean by Fats:
I’M JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY, continued evidence that we need to listen much more closely to the music of Eubie Blake:
What a band, what musical sympathy and swinging empathy. Timeless creativity.
May your happiness increase!