If met off the bandstand, Monsieur Huck, peering over his glasses, round-faced in a rose-colored untucked shirt, might resemble the friendly man on line in front of you at the bank. You wouldn’t know that he is a bubbling irrepressible expert joyous force of nature. But he is, as they used to say, an absolute wow. Observe.
I watch this, and I am laughing and weeping. Magic has entered the room: Daniel Huck has shone his magic healing light and suddenly everything feels better: even the dust on the windowsill is happy. How he gives himself utterly and completely to joy I don’t know, but I am honored to live in his world. And the rest of the band so beautifully embodies the most delicate balance between serious melody, serious swing, and pure fun.
I want this in pill form.
Better, I want to drop my ordinary life and go study with Monsieur Huck, who has learned the secrets and is obviously never Too Busy to share them with us.
And. Even more expansive magic. TWO choruses on SUSIE (OF THE ISLANDS), unbelievably joyous:
Blessings on Daniel Huck, on the other members of the band — so sweetly wise: Shona Taylor, cornet, vocal; Guy Champene, clarinet, alto saxophone; Marc Bresdin, clarinet, alto, tenor saxophone; Philippe Anhorn, piano, vocal; Jean-Pierre Dubois, banjo, tenor guitar; Eric Perron, tuba; Daniel Huck, scat vocal, alto saxophone. And let us not forget Vidéo : Jeff Guyot at the Hermes Jazz Festival de Frejus, in France, June 10, 2018 — because without M. Guyot, we wouldn’t have this marvel. (I have to speak up for my sometimes-neglected roving archivists.) There are three more videos from the same set: I GET THE BLUES WHEN IT RAINS, WHYLIE AVNUE BLUES, and THE OWLS’ HOOT. Look for them on YouTube.
If any of my readers knows Daniel Huck personally or even by email, I would take it as the greatest kindness if they would send him this blogpost as a small token of the deepest marveling admiration and gratitude. I’m completely serious. Thank you.
May your happiness increase!