The shrine of more than 500 Sunday evenings, 326 Spring Street, New York City:
Our NOLA visitor, Albanie Falletta:
Albanie, 2017, by Eric Morales.
and two still photographs to verify that it actually happened on October 13:
Here’s another view, with your videographer at left, next to an voluble woman from the British Isles who had enthusiastic stories to tell. Thanks to Neal Siegal, my Associate Producer for the set, who graciously offered a seat at his table.
Photograph by Doug Pew.
Before this, I had only heard Albanie on a recent CD, where her emotional force (and I don’t mean volume) impressed me greatly. She was and is even more delightful in person, even though my camera was not close to her.
Her single-string playing has some of the ease and substance of early Django and the best acoustic players of the Thirties, and on her one vocal, her multi-hued voice is poignant without being melodramatic. Surrounded by players she admires, she wasn’t intimidated, but created concise, memorable statements as well as adding a great deal to the ensemble. On the basis of this short acquaintance, she’s someone to admire.
Albanie, 2018, photograph by David Conklin.
Here’s the musical evidence. I was wrestling with camera and tripod (and gravity — things fell and had to be retrieved) in a small space, so it took a little time for me to get everything together and to progress to complete performances. But I think the results are quietly spectacular — and that praise includes my heroes Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Matt Munisteri, guitar, Pat O’Leary, string bass. (In an early draft of this post, I’d typed that Pat was playing “strong bass,” which is true, as you will hear.)
MY GAL SAL:
I’LL NEVER BE THE SAME:
If you have patience for only one performance, make it this one, a supercharged WILLIE THE WEEPER, dangerously heating up the whole block:
I GET THE BLUES WHEN IT RAINS, with a wonderful Albanie vocal:
GEE, BABY, AIN’T I GOOD TO YOU, Magic of Mutation thanks to Jon-Erik:
HOW COME YOU DO ME?:
For the finicky: The Ear Inn is dark, and people talk. But The EarRegulars provide irreplaceable experiences. And my sole words to Albanie are, “Come back soon!”
May your happiness increase!