Pleasure can be evanescent, but the kind I experienced yesterday will last.
I am thrilled to share some instant yet lasting gratification from the “Animule Dance,” a trio of Evan Arntzen, clarinet, tenor saxophone, vocal; Sean Cronin, string bass, vocal; Adam Brisbin, guitar, vocal, that I recorded at The Lovelace, 66 Pearl Street in downtown Manhattan, New York City, on August 10, 2018.
I had been admiring these three heroes in various contexts, most recently as three-fifths of Tamar Korn’s Wildwood Ramblers (you can find delicious performances just recently posted on JAZZ LIVES) but it was so much fun to meet them as a trio. They are delightfully unified: they pick up each other’s cues, making for inspired musical conversation.
This was my first visit to The Lovelace, where Emily Asher most often leads the band (she was out of town). I delighted in the place itself. Drinking and video don’t mix, but the Lovelace specializes in gin drinks, with a menu that I plan to explore. The food was first-rate (which isn’t always the case) and the room felt warm and open: thanks to Richard, behind the bar and taking care of everything else.
But since I can’t pour you a gin and bitter lemon nor pass a plate of fish and chips through the computer, I will rely on the music to spread joy.
Here are three glowing examples of the Animule Dance’s swing, versatility, and good feeling. There will be more.
Asking the musical question, WHO’S SORRY NOW?
Sean’s very tender reading of the Waller-Razaf lament, BLUE, TURNING GREY OVER YOU:
and this bubbly performance of Ellington’s 1930 ROCKIN’ IN RHYTHM — reminiscent to me of George Barnes and Ruby Braff — a performance I am thrilled to have my name attached to:
May your happiness increase!