WE’VE ALWAYS KNOWN THEY’VE GOT RHYTHM, BUT IT’S SO NICE TO HAVE THIS PROOF: MENNO DAAMS and ROSSANO SPORTIELLO (Hotel Ascona, April 7, 2022)

Menno Daams

A two-person dream band is what I call it. And the two majestic persons are Menno Daams, cornet, and Rossano Sportiello, piano.

Rossano Sportiello

They play I GOT RHYTHM. “Oh,” I can hear some saying. “That old thing?” YES. In all twelve keys, gently ascending without a misstep or a failure of swing and lyricism. At once it is a history of jazz; at once it is a compact dance party; at once it is brilliant virtuosity that is never self-conscious. I could go on, but you should stop, look, and listen.

AND a thousand thanks to expert videographer Werner Sutter, without whom this would be merely the stuff of oral history. Bless you, all three of you:

When does the world tour start? I want to be there to relieve Werner when his arm gets tired. These are my heroes, in whatever key.

May your happiness increase!

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