A friend who reads JAZZ LIVES teasingly emailed me, “Hey, Michael, looks like your blog is now the Official Reynolds Brothers Fan Club site.” Sounds like a good thing to me: maybe we can commission Katie Cavera to design a button to be sold at gigs.
Until that day, when we have a clubhouse and hold meetings, here’s more evidence: the set played by the Brothers (and friends) at the Sweet and Hot Music Festival on September 2, 2011. It took place in Champions, the appropriately-named sports bar in the LAX Marriott — where beautiful music, subtle and hot, sprang forth among trays of hot chicken wings and the local IPA.
For the occasion, the Brothers were there: that’s Ralf Reynolds (washboard, vocals); John Reynolds (guitar, whistling, vocals); Katie Cavera (string bass, vocals); Marc Caparone (cornet, vocals) — with friendly assistance from Carl Sonny Leyland (piano), and Larry Wright (alto sax, ocarina). Later on our friend Dan Levinson (clarinet) came to bask in the sublime heat.
Showing a divine willingness to please, the Brothers offered I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU:
Honoring Mister Crosby and Mister Condon (who were friends), John whistles us into LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER:
In honor of Israel Baline, here’s some genuine optimism in BLUE SKIES:
Marc Caparone makes Henry “Red” Allen come alive again — maintaing his individuality in the process, which Red always did, on ROSETTA:
Carl Sonny Leyland likes to play SONG OF THE WANDERER (always a good thing) at a very quick rocking tempo — I imagine the Reno Club version! What a fine jazz pianist he is, and how he sparks this already searing group (joined by Dan Levinson):
I don’t know if the Marriott parking lot had extra-large spaces for desert caravans (in Los Angeles, that would surprise no one) but the Brothers closed their rocking set with HINDUSTAN:
Thank you, Ralf, John, Marc, Katie, Carl, Larry, and Dan . . . for keeping live music alive!