In this century, we seem to prize art that is complex, multi-layered, innovative, art that a lay person would not immediately be able to enter into. Simplicity is presumably for those too unsophisticated to create labyrinths.
But it takes a whole lifetime to learn how to be simple, to know that simplicity can be touching beyond words. I offer an example: a melody played by Ephie Resnick, trombone, and Marty Grosz, piano — created in the early Eighties for a record they called THE END OF INNOCENCE. Here is one of Marty’s sketches for the cover, and notice who’s on the wall, giving his blessing. The music that follows is just over a minute and some may think it unadorned . . . but no. Listen until it sinks into your heart.
Here’s the luxuriant directness of two masters in duet, who know what it is to be concise, to be supportive, to honor the melody, to sing through brass and strings:
Emotion of the highest order, that is, feeling so deep that it doesn’t need to go on and on about itself — aimed right at us. There will be more to come from this magnificent recording, and more from Ephie (as well as more about Ephie!).
May your happiness increase!