MONSIEUR HUCK, AVIATEUR

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!

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7 responses to “MONSIEUR HUCK, AVIATEUR

  1. Doug Pomeroy

    The recent vocals of Lee Konitz? That’s somethin’ I gotta hear!

  2. Pierre Muller

    Thanks Michael.

    Just to precise that I am the President and the creator of this Festival.

    This edition was the second one.

    Regards,

    Pierre Muller

    Président

    classic.jazz.paca@gmail.com

    07.89.94.71.59

  3. I’ve seen him scat his solo for several choruses. Vocally. Remarkable.

  4. I played with M. Huck when both of us were guests of the Hot Antic Jazz Band. Shades of Boyce Brown and Charlie Holmes!!!

  5. Lucky you, and I mean that!

  6. Happy to know this, and it’s a beautiful expression of the art!

  7. Don"Zoot" Conner

    Love this band, Mr. Huck’s scats are ear tonics for the heart. Thanks to go to Mr.Guyot for the videos and you, Michael, for the presentation.

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