Another Sunday afternoon with pianist-composer Joel Forrester at Jules, 66 St. Marks Place in New York City.
This afternoon, Joel brought along a dear friend and deep colleague, string bassist David Hofstra, who has been a mainstay of the Microscopic Septet for years. Joel and David have been playing alongside each other since the Seventies, and their first recording is from 1980.
My readers have already heard or read me being seriously enthusiastic about Joel’s original compositions and his improvisations: they honor many traditions but fit neatly into no shoebox-sized category. But since I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed Joel and David together as a duo, may I call your attention to the latter’s beautiful choice of notes, his steady unforced time, his gentle lyricism? David is no antiquarian (I’m older than he is, if the online data is right) but he harks back to a time when the string bass was both treated with respect and known as the harmonic and often moral foundation of the music in which it worked. Just beautiful — and the two players here are in splendid intuitive harmony.
PHILLIP’S BLUES (which I presume is in honor of Microscopic Septet’s co-leader, saxophonist / composer Phillip Johnston):
Gentle meditations on the finite, NOTHING LASTS FOREVER:
A compact Frolick, LOOK TO YOU:
Joel will be at JULES all summer — solo, duo, trio. He and Mary are off to France for a year in September, so savor this music while he — and friends — are here.
May your happiness increase!