You can find the first part of this rare and delicious performance here — eight songs created by the esteemed tenor saxophonist Ted Brown, with Tardo Hammer, piano; Ray Macchiarola, guitar; Paul Gill, string bass; Jeff Brown, drums — at the 75 Club (75 Murray Street, New York), on March 23. Here’s the rest of the evening’s music, six selections.
But before you immerse yourself in the floating inquiring sounds created that night, just a word — perhaps tactless but necessary. Ted is having some financial trouble and would welcome your assistance. Click here to see what it’s all about. “Every nickel helps a lot,” reminds the Shoe Shine Boy.
Now to music. Ted’s repertoire his broad, his approach melodic, lyrical, quietly surprising. But you knew that. Or you will learn it now.
A classic Forties pop, famous even before Bird took to it, SLOW BOAT TO CHINA:
For Lester and Basie, BROADWAY:
and more Lester and Basie, LESTER LEAPS IN:
The gorgeous Irving Berlin ballad, HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?:
Perhaps in honor of Ginger Rogers, her hair a crown of shampoo turned white, THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT:
and Ted’s own JAZZ OF TWO CITIES, with no apologies to Dickens:
I bow to Mr. Brown, who creates such lasting beauties.
May your happiness increase!