People who don’t make music professionally have, I think, only a small awareness of how much work — beyond “the ten thousand hours of practice” it takes to make a beautiful melody come alive. Beauty is rarely, if ever, casually tossed off by someone who has no experience in the hard work of creativity. In the performance that follows, deep but gentle subtleties of light and dark caress our sensibilities. Memorably.
This trio interlude was created by three masters of loveliness: Nicki Parrott, vocal and string bass; Menno Daams, cornet; Paolo Alderighi, piano. Of course their text is the gorgeous creation of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, SKYLARK. And standing behind them in the shadows is Bix Beiderbecke, for Hoagy originally called this song BIX LICKS.
This marvel took place at a concert in Germany on April 9, 2016 — the gift to us of the very gracious and indefatigable Manfred Selchow, who has been doing this for thirty years. Details of Mannie’s most recent offering here.
And the music itself.
I encourage listeners and viewers to visit this performance several times: for Nicki’s beautiful singing, her stalwart but never obtrusive bass playing, for Menno’s nighttime traceries, and for Paolo’s loving support. He is the fellow one might not notice on the first viewing, but it takes a lifetime of listening and study and practice to be so generous, so right, in such quietly heartfelt orchestral playing.
May your happiness increase!