Yesterday I posted two duets between pianist Ray Skjelbred and cornetist Marc Caparone, and encouraged my viewers to take a chance by watching and listening — even if they’d never heard either player — and some people did. One of them wrote to me and asked if I could post some more of Ray. Nothing simpler and nothing more gratifying, so here are a bundle of blues and blues-related solos from a set Ray did at the San Diego Jazz Fest on November 25, 2016. He introduces them, so you won’t need explanations from me:
Dr. Bunky Coleman’s BLUE GUAIAC BLUES [medical explication, not for the squeamish*]:
Jimmie Rodgers’ TUCK AWAY MY LONESOME BLUES:
Ray’s own SOUTH HALSTEAD STREET, for Jane Addams and Art Hodes:
THE ALLIGATOR POND WENT DRY (for and by Victoria Spivey):
SUNSET BOOGIE (for and by Joe Sullivan):
Ray Skjelbred is a poet — also when he gets up from the piano bench — of these shadings and tone-colors, of the rhythms of the train heading through the darkness. We are fortunate to live on his planet.
May your happiness increase!
And the promised medical bulletin: [*guaiac is a resin found i our happiness increase!n certain trees, and it is used in medical testing to check for blood, otherwise invisible, in one’s stool. If the guaiac turns blue, one has that problem described above. Now you know.]