This is the second half of a wonderful evening of intricate swinging melodic music played expertly by people I admire. Here‘s the first half.
And now (drumroll from Steve Little on a borrowed drumset) . . . .
Here’s PREZ-ERVATION, a tribute wrapped in another tribute: Ted Brown’s variations on TICKLE-TOE, arranged for this band by Jon himself:
Some pretty Gershwin, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME, arranged by Jimmy Giuffre, a performance I would share with anyone disdainful of “modern jazz” or “cool jazz”:
Gerry Mulligan’s FOUR AND ONE MORE:
The Brubeck Octet’s LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME:
Bill Smith’s IPCA, variations on INDIANA:
The Encore Edition of THE SONG IS YOU, a happy reprise:
Mulligan’s SEXTET, an exhilarating romp to close off the evening:
What lovely music: propelled, sentimental, intricate yet lyrical. Bless these players.
May your happiness increase!