For me, those four names are all I’d need to hear to relax back into my chair, sure that wonderful music would result. For the uninitiated, Andy Brown, Howard Alden, guitars; Nicki Parrott, string bass; Pete Siers, drums. And they played a wonderful set at the 2017 Cleveland Classic Jazz Party on September 15, 2017. And here’s the music.
First, thinking about Ruby Braff, Don Redman, and Louis, with NO ONE ELSE BUT YOU:
And Ruby’s great pal and model, Charles Ellsworth Russell, with PEE WEE’S BLUES (with gorgeous playing from Nicki and Pete):
In honor of Billie — and Carl Sigman (ask Daryl Sherman about this wonderful composer) CRAZY HE CALLS ME, a guitar duet:
And for Red Norvo and Tal Farlow, the tongue-twisting I BRUNG YOU FINJANS FOR YOUR ZARF (instead of VIOLETS and FURS) possibly also reflecting the influence of Fifties science fiction in its title:
What wonderful music.
May your happiness increase!