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“A LITTLE GOOD BLUES, CHARLES”

I know the title sounds like some Monty Python sketch about jazz among the aristocracy, but it’s what begins this fascinating short film — dating from 1961, featuring trumpeter Emmett Berry, alto saxophonist Earle Warren (two stalwarts of the Count Basie band and of Buck Clayton’s Basie-inflected combos), the fascinating pianist Sir Charles Thompson (knighted by Lester Young), drummer Oliver Jackson, and Gene Ramey on bass.  It was nothing special for these musicians to create a medium-tempo blues with such easy intensity . . . but it seems special today.  And the impish-looking trombonist who pokes his head in at the end is, of course, Dicky Wells.  Thanks to YouTube, and to one of jazz’s quiet benefactors, Bob Erwig!