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THANKS TO ENRICO, SOME HOT MINUTES IN ASCONA: KEITH NICHOLS, MATTHIAS SEUFFERT, RENE HAGMANN, CHRISTOPH WACKERBARTH, MARTIN WHEATLEY, FRANS SJOSTROM, and guests ANDY STEIN, JON-ERIK KELLSO (July 7, 2002)

The dashing fellow above (from a 2009 photograph) is the jazz scholar-devotee Enrico Borsetti. I know him as a fine fellow, although we have never met in person.  His generosity is remarkable, but this is a new example: Enrico’s video-recording of music from the 2002 Ascona Jazz Festival, specifically this wonderful band, the Blue Rhythm Makers.  For this date, they were Keith Nichols, piano and vocal; René Hagmann, cornet, reeds; Matthias Seuffert, reeds; Christoph Wackerbarth, trombone; Martin Wheatley, guitar;
Frans Sjostrom, bass sax, with guest appearances by Andy Stein, violin; Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet. This music was created at the Ristorante Tamaro, Ascona, on Sunday, July 7, 2002.

WHEN DAY IS DONE and POISON:

THE MAN FROM THE SOUTH and I WISH I WERE TWINS:

with guest star Andy Stein, violin, DOIN’ THE NEW LOW DOWN:

And the poignant I’LL NEVER BE THE SAME:

ONE HOUR (Keith sings the lovely verse):

Jon-Erik raises the temperature, even for July, with a rousing SWING THAT MUSIC:

and Andy returns to close the first half of this performance with THAT’S A PLENTY, certainly an accurate description of these wonderful videos.

(Incidentally, I am pleased and amused to note that Enrico’s world is much like mine in the matter of videos: umbrellas and people with cameras obscuring the view, crashing dishes and more — but the sound blazes right at us, and these videos are true gifts.) Here‘s Enrico’s YouTube channel, where all varieties of beauties blossom.

May your happiness increase!

IN THE NEXT LIFE . . .

I don’t know enough about reincarnation to speak with even the semblance of authority: but I’ve heard that in the lives after this one can work through spiritual stages to arrive at higher levels of enlightenment. 

Were I to be reincarnated, I think I’d want to come back as one of the dancers — whose names we don’t know — in this 1931 or 1932 film clip.  Style embodied: a casual grace.  And the fact that they are not slickly perfect in their routines is entirely charming — making them real rather than ideal.  Watch their we-two-are-one dance to MANDY.

Or if being reincarnated as a dancer would be too much of a leap for me, maybe I could come back as the unidentified drummer?  Or even the cameraman. 

This clip was posted on YouTube by “lindyhoppers,” a man of great taste and humanity — an Italian pal I’ve never met in person.  And, by the way, the band is playing WHISTLE AND BLOW YOUR BLUES AWAY (always a solid piece of advice) and MANDY (MAKE UP YOUR MIND):

First I’d need tap shoes . . . .

JEFF HEALEY: FOR DICK SUDHALTER (September 10, 2006)

Repeat after me:

Jon-Erik Kellso, Dan Levinson, Molly Ryan, Brad Kay, Brian Nalepka, Kevin Dorn, Jeff Healey.  Joining forces for one time only as DAN LEVINSON’S LOST CHORD SEEKERS.  (The quest was a success, as you will hear.)

Performing BLUE RIVER (with an impassioned vocal by Healey, on guitar) and I NEVER KNEW (woth a touching episode by Molly Ryan, Healey on trumpet). 

I was in the second row, drinking it all in.  (You can see me obsessively taking notes.) 

I didn’t know that this would be the only time I would see and hear Jeff Healey, and I’m thrilled that the video has surfaced on YouTube (courtesy of “lindyhoppers,” whom I’d like to be able to thank in person). 

For the love of jazz, hot, blue, and sweet, and for the people who play it, some of them now gone:

ADRIAN ROLLINI ON FILM, 1948

The song is THE GIRL WITH THE LIGHT BLUE HAIR — I assume a play on THE MAID WITH THE FLAXEN HAIR — performed by Rollini, vibes and tubular bells (on which he demonstrates great dexterity), Allan Hanlon, guitar; George Hnida, bass.  It comes to us through the courtesy of “lindyhoppers” on YouTube, who is indebted to the late Tom Faber, Dutch discographer of Rollini.

Musically, I admit it wouldn’t be my first choice — Rollini on bass sax in 1934 is impressive although brief, and I’d rather have seen him in a hotter context.  But this will have to do until more of the real thing surfaces!

THE INTERNATIONAL “HOT” CONSPIRACY

There are always rumors of dark international conspiracies and cartels . . . but what of the jazz underground, a secret force for good? 

Eighty years ago, this generous conspiracy meant that someone would play you a record you hadn’t heard or even heard of — treasured OKeh of SINGIN’ THE BLUES or ORIENTAL STRUT — and change your life forever.  Or someone would tell you about this tenor player in Minneapolis you have to hear. 

Technology has changed the speed and the scope of these epiphanies, but the intent is the same. 

This morning I awoke to an email from the jazz enthusiast and scholar Andre G. Growald (of Sao Paulo, Brazil) telling me about a band I would like to hear — the Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra.  The clips are posted on YouTube by “indyhoppers,” who lives in Italy.  I watched the clips in Maui. 

I rest my case. 

It gets better.  In the first clip, four Czech musicians do their own version of the Rhythm Boys’ THAT’S MY WEAKNESS NOW, in Czech, of course:

Here the full orchestra takes off on PLEASURE MAD, a Sidney Bechet composition from 1924 which he updated in 1938 to VIPER MAD:

In both cases, they tend to speed up a bit, but that’s what weakness and pleasure-madness will do to you, I guess.  And this conspiracy is one that inspires me: may it keep flourishing!  And deep thanks to Andre and every other conspirator in the name of HOT.