I once read a Persian poet on music. The translation ran, “Melody is the song the universe sings to us, harmony the beautiful twining-together of many songs, and rhythm is the universe’s heartbeat echoed in our own.” Although that poet lived and wrote perhaps five hundred years before the 2014 San Diego Jazz Fest, I am sure that he would have agreed that the performances I offer you today exemplify those words.
They come from the final set of the Tim Laughlin – Connie Jones All Stars with the addition of clarinetist Jim Buchmann for several numbers. That’s Tim, clarinet; Connie, cornet; Doug Finke, trombone; Chris Dawson, piano; Katie Cavera, guitar; Marty Eggers, string bass; Hal Smith, drums.
Here is the full band for AS LONG AS I LIVE:
Then, two clarinets plus rhythm for THE ONE I LOVE:
Another helping of that nice combination for IT’S THE TALK OF THE TOWN:
And the ensemble for a Bobcat-inspired SPAIN:
May your happiness increase!