“FOUR BASSES”: MILT HINTON, ARVELL SHAW, SLAM STEWART, BOB HAGGART, HANK JONES, BOBBY ROSENGARDEN (Bern Jazz Festival 1983)

No one talks during these bass solos, I assure you!

Milt Hinton, Arvell Shaw, Slam Stewart, Bob Haggart, string bass; Hank Jones, piano; Bobby Rosengarden, drums. YESTERDAYS (Arvell Shaw) / BODY AND SOUL (Slam Stewart) / BIG NOISE FROM WINNETKA (Bob Haggart) / HOW HIGH THE MOON (ensemble) // “Four Basses,” Bern Jazz Festival 1983.

A precious document: four masters, having a deep friendly swinging good time.

I wish they had had a longer showcase, with more jamming, but it’s pointless to carp about what should have been . . .especially because this exists to be shared and treasured.

Bless these gentlemen, and bless the organizer of the Bern Jazz Festival who thought of this and the Swiss television people who had it televised. The words, “We don’t know how lucky we are,” float through my head, and I hope through yours.

And this one is for Bonnie Prince Andrew of Malta.

May your happiness increase!

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