Often, bands striving for “authenticity” when playing Twenties jazz take their OKehs and Gennetts too seriously, the result a certain dogged heaviness. Cornetist / arranger Jérôme Etcheberry knows better, and his bands float rather than slog. The newest pleasing evidence is his small group, the BERRY PICKERS, and the five videos that appeared without fanfare on YouTube.
Their repertoire is drawn from the late-Twenties efforts of Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer, Adrian Rollini, Eddie Lang, and their friends. But there is no imitation of solos, and the overall lightness has a sweet jauntiness that I associate with the unbuttoned efforts of Richard M. Sudhalter, John R.T. Davies, and Nevil Skrimshire.
Hear for yourself!
Jérôme Etcheberry’s BERRY PICKERS are Nicolas Dary (alto sax) Jérôme Etcheberry (cornet) Fred Couderc (bass sax) Hugo Lippi (guitar) Stephane Seva (drums).
The DeSylva-Brown-Henderson hymn to caffeine, YOU’RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE:
Coffee leads to dancing, so Milton Ager’s HAPPY FEET:
And, yes, let’s do THE BALTIMORE (Dan Healy, Irving Kahal, Jimmy McHugh):
Where does Chauncey Morehouse’s THREE BLIND MICE fit in? Under the heading of “futuristic rhythm,” no doubt:
And, to close, Fats Waller’s I’M MORE THAN SATISFIED:
My feelings exactly.
May your happiness increase.