Milt Gabler and Harry Lim would have loved this band. But to move from the conditional to the present, we love them now. Here are two rocking performances (and two on-the-spot comic interludes) by the Holland-Coots Jazz Quintet, created for your swing pleasure at the Jazz Bash by the Bay, March 1, 2019, in Monterey, California. The gentlemen of the ensemble are Brian Holland, piano; Danny Coots, drums; Marc Caparone, cornet; Jacob Zimmerman, clarinet and alto saxophone; Steve Pikal, string bass.
Steve and Danny, waiting for the unusually capable soundman to do what needs to be done. Carnitas, cliantro, and black beans, please:
Then to more serious bidniss: MOPPIN’ AND BOPPIN’ — from the 1943 film STORMY WEATHER — performed by the Quintet in the style of a Hot Lips Page small group:
Brian considers the situation and tells us how he feels, commentary from Danny:
And another massive Forties groove, the love-child of Stephen Foster and Albert Ammons:
What followed (I’ve already posted this one on its own, but for those who might have missed it, here is the lovely Fats ballad, now in context):
I promise to have more music by this band in different locations — joys to come.
May your happiness increase!