Michael McQuaid, alto saxophone, clarinet; Mauro Porro, trumpet, clarinet, tenor saxophone, piano; Spats Langham, banjo, vocal; Nick Ward, drums, Joep Lumey, string bass. Recorded on October 31, 2015 at the Classic Jazz Concert Club in Sassenheim, Holland.
EVERY EVENING (with a vocal by Spats and a wonderful alto solo):
A rollicking LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART, with the rarely-heard verse and thrilling drumming from Nick Ward, as always:
TRAV’LIN ALL ALONE — sung poignantly by Spats:
A searing CHICAGO RHYTHM, a performance full of surprises:
I write this in January 2016 with temperatures properly wintry and a much-publicized blizzard announced: were I to play this music loudly through my open windows, it would turn bleak cold into balmy April: salutary global warming through expert heartfelt hot jazz.
May your happiness increase!