Here’s a gorgeous ballad you might not have heard: music by tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, unheard lyrics by pianist / singer Judy Carmichael. It’s called A LONELY BREEZE, and it was performed at the 2015 Cleveland Classic Jazz Party: Harry had the help of Rossano Sportiello, piano; Frank Tate, string bass; Ricky Malichi, drums. (Then, the Party was the “Allegheny Jazz Party,” but its magical essence remains, no matter what it’s called.)
The good news is that there is a whole new CD coming of Carmichael and Allen, so that we will be able to hear more of these compositions, music / lyrics. Soon!
(I believe that the feline model is one of two Allen cats: Dorothy. Although Adelaide might write in to correct me.)
And the quartet heard above — with variations — will appear again at the 2016 Party.
May your happiness increase!