This afternoon, I was doing research for a post on the eccentric and wholly rewarding trumpeter and bandleader P.T. Stanton and I stumbled across this, hidden in plain sight on YouTube: two sessions from June 1956 and March 1957, featuring New Orleans clarinetist George Lewis playing with banjoist Dick Oxtot’s Traditional Jazz Quartet — whose other members were Stanton, string bassist Leilas Sharpton, and the still ongoing singer Barbara Dane.
Stanton is more restrained on these tracks — a potent shining lead and melodic improvisations — but his individualities come through. This seems to be the only recording for bassist Sharpton. Is anything more known about this good player, whose name I might have misspelled?
Let this music guide you out of 2017 and into 2018 in the most hopeful uplifting ways.
THE GLORY OF LOVE, as Barbara explicates it gloriously for us:
and the other side of GLORY, the MECCA FLAT BLUES:
Barbara returns to offer what some might feel on Monday, January 1, 2018:
Always a good question, SHOULD I?:
Appropriate for the occasion, TILL WE MEET AGAIN:
Other titles were recorded at the first session, but these five performances are the only ones issued, as far as I know. Another glimpse into the jazz treasure chest, full of surprises always. Wishing you only the best surprises for 2018 and onwards.
May your happiness increase!