LYRICAL SWING: HOD O’BRIEN and DARYL JOHNS at MEZZROW (March 19, 2016)

HOD JP

At this Mezzrow gig in New York City, a few months ago, the wonderful pianist Hod O’Brien had laryngitis.  But his winding melodies, his ingenious harmonies, and easy swing had their own powerful voices.  He was accompanied — in the simplest meaning of that overused word, which to me suggests a companion at one’s side — by a string bassist I’d never met before, the very youthful Daryl Johns, who will impress you as he did me.

Here are five explorations of that art form, lyrical swing improvisation.

SAVE YOUR LOVE FOR ME (Hod pointed out that this was originally done by Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley, but he felt the tune in a more Basie fashion):

EV’RYTHING I LOVE:

TADD’S DELIGHT (for Mister Dameron):

and two classics —

I CAN’T GET STARTED:

TANGERINE:

Much more to come from this session.  And when I saw Hod in June, he had his voice back.

May your happiness increase!

5 responses to “LYRICAL SWING: HOD O’BRIEN and DARYL JOHNS at MEZZROW (March 19, 2016)

  1. And Hod’s wife AND daughter are BOTH outstanding professional singers!

  2. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Thank’s for bringing back more of Hod’s sets in March.He came out of the Bud Powell,Al Haig et al school of be-bop.I particularly his version of “Tadd’s Delight,”by the master,Tadd Demeron.Long ago,I dubbed him the Duke Ellington of be-bopI’m looking forward to more from him and the hip bassist,Daryl Johns.

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  4. alandavidkaye@aol.com

    thank you again michael. what a wonderful treat to see and hear this show again-from your seat,slightly closer than mine.

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