For me, this morning started off splendidly with a blast of expert passionate hot music from pianist Andrew Oliver and clarinetist David Horniblow:
Please notice their immense romping ardor, and that although they are respectfully hewing to Morton’s composition, they aren’t reproducing the record note for note.
And the imagined flip side of the video 78, ORIGINAL JELLY ROLL BLUES:
Andrew and David have set themselves the substantial and joyous task of playing all of Morton’s compositions — about one hundred — in this duo format. And “playing” means several things that we take for granted in 2018. Their performances will be on video, and they will be offered to the eager public for free, both on their dedicated YouTube channel and on Andrew’s blog. I find this both refreshingly “contemporary” and “antique” at the same time, as if I could go down to the best record store in my town every Tuesday and buy the new Oliver-Hornblow 78 of two more Morton compositions, being very careful not to slip on the ice and break my precious purchase.
I emphasize that their generous Musical Offering is done for free. That’s the way musicians function or perhaps have to function in this century. How could we make Messrs. Oliver and Horniblow feel welcomed in what is, after all, a world of commodities that have to be paid for? (Artists, like us, have a fondness for meals and electricity and clean laundry . . . .) At this point the forbidding God of Should emerges and with a voice louder than thunder says, “You SHOULD subscribe to the YouTube channel. You SHOULD go to gigs that Andrew and David are playing (especially if you live in the United Kingdom). You SHOULD check out their fine band, The Dime Notes, and buy their debut CD or vinyl record. Details here.
For me (now that the God has spoken and I can hear myself think once again) I wish that there could be a Morton-Oliver-Horniblow PayPal subscription. I would gladly send these fellows ten dollars a week for their musical generosity. But until that time, I will merely exhort you to make sure that you watch these bursts of joy and get your hot-jazz friends to do likewise.
May your happiness increase!