The trio of Kris Tokarski, piano; Hal Smith, drums; Andy Schumm, cornet and clarinet, called HOT CLASSICISM, is one of the most consistently satisfying jazz groups I know.
Here are a few more delights from their chamber recital in New Orleans last September.
A modern version of the Jelly Roll Morton – King Oliver duet on KING PORTER STOMP, scored for cornet and piano:
“Chicago style,” dirty but not unclean — fully realized on this rendition of MECCA FLAT BLUES:
PARKWAY STOMP (which, if my ears are right, is a very close cousin to Shelton Brooks’ DARKTOWN STRUTTERS’ BALL, and the 1928 recording originally featured Al Wynn, Punch Miller, and a very young Sidney Catlett). In Big Sid’s honor, Hal “whips them cymbals” with precision and energy:
and, finally, for this interlude, an evocation of “the dear boy” from Iowa:
There will be more from this glorious compact inspired band to come.
May your happiness increase!