This is the first part of a sextet of delicious performances by Michael Kanan, piano; Greg Ruggiero, guitar; Neal Miner, string bass, recorded on January 8, 2018, at the Drawing Room in Brooklyn.
In that first segment of this impromptu session, these three lyrical friends performed YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME, TAKE THE “A” TRAIN (which is how one gets to Jay Street-MetroTech, among other possibilities), and I’M JUST A LUCKY SO-AND-SO. Now, for the patient faithful, this intuitive, subtle trio plays Neal Miner’s BLUES OKURA, IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON, and LULLABY OF THE LEAVES.
Neal’s BLUES OKURA. Make sure your seat belt is low and tight across your hips:
And an exceedingly tender IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON, honoring Arlen’s intent — and I hear Harburg’s lyrics all the way through:
then the classic LULLABY OF THE LEAVES:
Wonderful reassuring music to be sure. Thank you so much, gentlemen, for this casual affecting interlude.
May your happiness increase!