I don’t think there’s ever going to be a time when we say, “Stop! That’s enough beauty!” and certainly this recent period is not one of those times.
So I offer a vivid example: Duke Ellington’s IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD played with great feeling and virtuosity by John Allred, trombone; Matt Munisteri, guitar; Tal Ronen, string bass — at Cafe Bohemia, 15 Barrow Street, New York City, on a Thursday night, January 16, 2020.
The fellow introducing the performance and then leaving the stand to enjoy it better is Jon-Erik Kellso, who knows a good deal about the creation of beauty.
Allred’s magnificence is that he makes those pieces of greased metal sing heartfelt memorable songs. And the string section of Munisteri and Ronen is glorious also.
May your happiness increase!