I don’t know if Daniel Huck, alto saxophone, vocal, has a pilot’s license. But he can certainly soar, do loops and rolls like no one else. The cheerful-looking man in the mauve shirt, his reading glasses perched on his nose, has surprises for those unacquainted with him. (As an aside, I know some finicky readers will turn away from this post. “Who is that? I never heard of him.” Too bad.)
This band is called (I believe) JAZZ A BICHON, and these nice videos (there are more) were recorded by the musician-videographer Jeff Guyot at the Hermes Jazz Festival in Frejus, France, on June 10 of this year. The personnel is Shona Taylor, cornet, vocal; Guy Champeme, clarinet, alto; Marc Bresdin, clarinet, alto, tenor; Philippe Anhorn, piano, vocal; Jean-Pierre Dubois, banjo, tenor guitar; Eric Perrion, tuba; guest star Daniel Huck, alto, vocal. I knew M. Huck’s work from the Anachronic Jazz Band, but these videos are a special pleasure, building from peaceful to electrifying by my choice.
Here’s a very sweet introduction to M. Huck, on the irresistible tune HONEY.
But wait! There’s more! A performance that reminds me of Lillie Delk Christian’s TOO BUSY:
That wonderful one-chorus explosion makes me think of Little Louis — as well as Leo Watson and the recent vocals of Lee Konitz (since time is a field and not a series of beads on a string). If you can watch it just once, without bobbing your head, you are made of genetic material unlike mine.
And the roaring finale — hilarious and astounding all at once. Two choruses on SUSIE, from the Wolverines by possibly circuitous routes:
Isn’t M. Huck splendid — singing lines that others couldn’t sing or play — rambunctious, joyous, and precise as well. It’s a very cloudy day here, with rain predicted, but the sun is out because of him. Thanks to Jeff Guyot for the videos. You might want to subscribe to his YouTube channel: it’s better than pharmaceuticals.
May your happiness increase!