A musician friend I respect told me about this new quartet — called, sweetly, STREET OF DREAMS, and I was instantly pleased by the videos below. When I shared them with another jazz fancier — like me, a devotee of melodic improvisation — I got back a near-instant response, “Those are some tuneful cats!” I completely agree, and think you will too.
That’s Sam Taylor, tenor saxophone; Greg Ruggiero, guitar; Aidan O’Donnell, string bass; Ben Cliness, drums. (I’ve met and video-ed three of the four [so far Ben has been safe from me] and I am proud to know them.)
YOUNG AT HEART:
CLOSE YOUR EYES:
DON’T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE:
AFTER YOU’VE GONE:
Melodists, making danceable music that is both deep and gossamer. Those among us who play or sing know that making melody come alive is not easy. Ask Louis, ask Lester, ask Monk. And I know that some devout jazz listeners might say that this band is less “innovative” or “adventurous” than they prefer, and I leave them to their search for what they like.
But beauty never has to innovate. It just is.
To book this group — very new but by no means immature (!) — click here.
May your happiness increase!