I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH ME is one of my favorite songs, and not only because it’s so infused with romantic delight. But it was originally a love ballad (check out Red McKenzie’s 1931 version, then move to Billie’s and Louis’s). Generations of later players, frolicking in the song’s possibilities, speeded up the tempo so it became a Condon-style romp . . . but my heart belongs to slower renditions that still have a swing pace.
Late Saturday night at the 2015 Allegheny Jazz Party, a collection of heroes took the stand for a happy long set. The leader was Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; he was joined by Dan Block and Scott Robinson, reeds; Dan Barrett, trombone; Ehud Asherie, piano; Nicki Parrott, string bass; Hal Smith, drums — an all-star team if ever there was one.
A lovely song, a lovely performance . . . and a lovely state of mind.
May your happiness increase!