Michael Kanan prizes friendship very highly, and not in some abstract way. He is a true Embracer, and his deep love of community lasts longer than a simple hug. He showed us this once again a few Mondays ago at a little gathering at his Brooklyn studio, The Drawing Room.
Michael’s colleagues in melodic exploration were his friends and ours, Greg Ruggiero, guitar; Neal Miner, string bass: each of them a thoughtful swinging intuitive orchestra in himself.
It was a jam session evening, so even though this trio played six songs (you’ll have the first three here) it wasn’t a mini-recital, more a gathering of friends who don’t get to play together often. They hadn’t played together in months, and after Michael had seen the videos, he called them “music in its raw natural state,” but it was an acknowledgment rather than a criticism. I think of them as cherries picked from the tree, their stems still attached, as opposed to cherry pie filling from a can.
Porter’s YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME:
Strayhorn’s TAKE THE A TRAIN:
Ellington’s I’M JUST A LUCKY SO-AND-SO:
When you’re invited to a party at Michael’s, you go home laden with gifts.
May your happiness increase!