Oh, when Bob Wilber moved on we lost a kind, intense, brilliant musical sparkplug, someone who — like Sidney Catlett, Nat Cole, Milt Hinton, and Bobby Hackett among others — made everyone not only play better but want to play better. a phenomenon I have witnessed for myself. A true catalyst.
YouTube has a good deal of video evidence of Bob’s superpowers, but here are two instances especially dear to my heart. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a video camera for all the times I marveled at him in the Seventies and beyond.
Here is or are ten minutes from the Nice Jazz Festival of July 1975. The session wouldn’t have been the same without Bob.
And here‘s more music from that same year, with two editions of The World’s Greatest Jazz Band.
Finally, here is the post I published on August 6 to say something about the large hole in the universe Bob left when he moved on. I won’t say he left the temporal for the celestial, because he was always the latter: romantic, energized, surprising.
May your happiness increase!