Those generous authentic swinging gents — David Horniblow, reeds; Andrew Oliver, piano — are back to give us some more Morton, in what they have (generously and reliably) created, the Complete Morton Project, a weekly series of gifts — Mister Morton’s compositions played imaginatively, with emotion. And here is this week’s delightful offering: BIG FAT HAM and DEEP CREEK.
The eponymous HAM — named in honor or in satire? Perhaps a dream of dinner:
and, with David on alto, the yearning blues DEEP CREEK:
You can keep up with David and Andrew here (their YouTube channel) or here (Andrew’s blog — which has his performance schedule as well). Or, I’ve chronicled their four earlier offerings on JAZZ LIVES here. Andrew and David also have lives away from the video camera: you can find out with a minimum of effort where they will be playing, in duet or as members of a goodly number of bands.
I hope there are many people applauding their expertise and generosities. How fresh and lively Morton’s music sounds — not a hint of the dusty archives — reminding me once again how dashing it must have been in its time, and, now, when played by Oliver-Horniblow, how much dazzle it has.
May your happiness increase!