Jon Burr. Photo by Koko Burr.

Jon Burr. Photo by Koko Burr.

I know the joke about keeping bass solos at bay by any means possible, but surely this ensemble — three very eloquent players joining together for two classics of the jazz repertoire — is remarkable in its delicacy, power, and swing.  I prefer what Milt Hinton told audiences, that the bass is the foundation, that it is basic to all music.  Milt would have loved this little gathering of like-minded creators, and he would have admired how quickly they make beautiful music with no fuss.  Yes, there’s another joke about how people talk during bass solos, but after thirty seconds and two righteous hisses of “Shush!” this music got the rapt attention it deserves.

Simple math: twelve strings, three basses, three eloquent players, four-four time, two compositions.  The results: lasting pleasure.  The musicians (left to right): Jon Burr, Frank Tate, Kerry Lewis.  The place: the Thursday-night informal session at the 2016 Cleveland Classic Jazz Party, September 15, 2016.

WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE? (without the whimsical comma):

and Charlie Parker’s 1945 blues line, BILLIE’S BOUNCE, named for manager Shaw, not luminary Holiday:

This year’s Cleveland Classic Jazz Party will take place September 14-17, 2017, at the Wyndham Hotel in Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio.  Mark your calendars now, and visit here for more information.

May your happiness increase!

2 responses to “TWELVE STRINGS, THREE IMPROVISERS: JON BURR, FRANK TATE, KERRY LEWIS (Cleveland Classic Jazz Party, September 2016)

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  2. Goldstein, Robert


    Apropos your post of 2-1-17, and at the risk of again sharing something with you with which you may already be quite familiar, and recognizing that this may be the “old joke’ to which you refer, I wonder if you have heard the story about the Englander in India.

    A British nobleman accepts an invitation to join an old friend in a lion hunt in the Indian jungle. When his train arrives in the host’s town, he is met by one of his host’s manservants. As they make their way to the host’s mansion, the sound of a drumbeat is heard in the nearby jungle. After a while, the drumbeat stops, and the manservant, looking suddenly quite concerned, says “This is bad, bad!” They carry on, arriving at the host’s mansion, when again the jungle drums sound and then quickly stop. Again, the manservant says Oh, this is very bad” but no more. The next morning as they head out to the hunt, once again the drums start up and then again stop and the servant repeats “Bad, terrible when the drum stops!” Finally, the British guest grabs the servant by the shoulder and says “For God’s sake, man, why is it so terrible when the drumming stops?” And the servants replies, “Because usually when the drum stops, comes a bass solo!”

    With due apologies for this and the hope that your happiness may have been increased a smidgeon by it.

    Bob Goldstein Rochester NY


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