“Too good to ignore,” said Eddie Condon. He didn’t live long enough to savor this trio — Dawn Lambeth, vocals; Ray Skjelbred, piano; Marc Caparone, cornet — but I feel his approving glance. They appeared last November at the San Diego Jazz Fest (thanks to Hal Smith and Paul Daspit for such a marvel) and the music was glorious. But you don’t have to take my word for it.
And the closing five songs from the second set.
That tender request, relevant to all (not simply those in love), PLEASE BE KIND:
Walter Donaldson’s 1927 hit, MY BLUE HEAVEN:
I’LL NEVER BE THE SAME, which I associate with Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, and Mildred Bailey:
CHLO-E (scored for cornet and piano) in honor of Henry “Red” Allen:
And another Allen – J.C. Higginbotham classic (also performed much more respectably by Al Bowlly) ROLL ALONG, PRAIRIE MOON:
I don’t know whether this trio will be at the 2016 San Diego Jazz Fest, but I have strong hopes. Also for the NPR, PBS coverage; the continental tour; the merchandise; the DVD and CD . . .
May your happiness increase!