Recently, I had an experience of warm intelligent swinging musical creativity that still brings a smile to my face: two sets by the Dawn Lambeth Trio at the San Diego Jazz Fest (November 27-29, 2015). The trio is Dawn, vocal; Marc Caparone, cornet; Ray Skjelbred, piano — and the music they create is both earthy and ethereal, down-home and in the clouds. Intelligent expert frolic.
Hear and see for yourself. Perhaps, like me, you will think of Eddie Condon’s dichotomy, dividing music that comes in the ear like broken glass or the rarer kind that comes in like honey:
GETTING SOME FUN OUT OF LIFE:
I MUST HAVE THAT MAN (truncated because someone stood in front of my camera for the first chorus — probably transfixed by the sounds):
Please notice that although those two songs are forever associated with Billie Holiday, Dawn is not in the imitation-business: she sings them because they are durable engaging songs, and she sounds like herself.
WHEN I TAKE MY SUGAR TO TEA:
THE RIVER’S TAKIN’ CARE OF ME (in honor of Red Allen):
More to come. And I know that this Trio is planning a touring schedule, so I must check and see how many frequent flyer miles I have amassed. Thanks to Paul Daspit and Hal Smith for making this possible.
May your happiness increase!