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:
Much more to come from this session. And when I saw Hod in June, he had his voice back.
May your happiness increase!