Ray Skjelbred quoted Earl Hines before launching in to a musing yet energized improvisation on ROSETTA during this set at the San Diego Jazz Fest (November 28, 2015). Along for the ride, creating a deliciously swinging band — are Jeff Hamilton, drums; Katie Cavera, guitar; Kim Cusack, clarinet; Clint Baker, string bass:
What’s the point of going somewhere if the route and the destination are already made tiresome through over-familiarity? Ray Skjelbred, another jazz Emersonian, takes us along, tipping his hat to the Fatha, to Jess, to the Basie rhythm section, to the world of Commodore Records.
And Ray and his Cubs arrive at someplace more glowing than we’d ever expected we’d get to.
May your happiness increase!