Good music, like any good art, doesn’t grow old. Here’s a venerable song — apparently composed in 1916, published in 1917, being performed ninety-eight years later at the Atlanta Jazz Party on April 18, 2015. And meaning no disrespect to Mister Handy, it is more than possible that the song was accessible in parts long before 1916.
Good music is also flexible. The venerable composition, so beloved of “Dixieland” players, gets a sweet Basie makeover here, at the hands of Russ Phillips, trombone; Duke Heitger, Bria Skonberg, trumpet; Allan Vache, clarinet; Rossano Sportiello, piano; Sean Cronin, string bass; Darrian Douglas, drums.
This is a rewarding interlude: I feel improved by its expert generous joys.
May your happiness increase!