It’s delightful to know that great yet understated expressions of musical creativity are happening all around us, if we know where to look. One place I keep returning to is The Ear Inn (326 Spring Street, Soho, New York City) around eight o’clock on a Sunday night. There, the EarRegulars create beautiful playful on-the-spot architectural conversations in sound. At the end of May, they were Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Harvey Tibbs, trombone; Joe Cohn, guitar; Pat O’Leary, string bass.
The theme chosen for that interlude was Richard Rodgers’ THIS CAN’T BE LOVE ) also notable for the tenderly acidic lyrics by Lorenz Hart, which won’t be heard here:
Rodgers hated when improvisers abandoned his melody, when they “buried the tune,” but I think there’s more than enough melodic sweetness to keep even a notoriously irritable composer happy. Or if he was complaining, no one I know heard him.)
Come to The Ear Inn on a Sunday evening . . . where magic happens.
May your happiness increase!