The National Weather Service noted a discernable increase in MOONGLOW around 10:15 PM in Southern California. The reason is clear.
When this group took the stand on Saturday night, November 29, at the 35th San Diego Jazz Fest, we knew that celestial events were going to happen.
The leader, pianist / singer / composer Ray Skjelbred, is known to transcend the earthly realm, and he had colleagues of the same mind with him: Marc Caparone, cornet; Jim Buchmann, clarinet and saxello; Katie Cavera, rhythm guitar; Beau Sample, string bass; Hal Smith, drums.
Together they made the room glow:
Was it their evocation of the Ellingtonian roots (with some Basie-Stacy touches) of this song? Or a fond dream of some vanished Fifty-Second Street? Or their unspoken assertion that jazz music must be “sweet, soft, plenty rhythm”? Or were they simply delighting in the music and sharing that delight with us? I can’t pinpoint the origins of this remarkable phenomenon — clouds of romance floating by in swingtime, the musicians making old stories new without a cliche anywhere. But this performance lifts me up to the celestial realm. I hope you enjoy it, too.
This group doesn’t have its own CD, a record contract, a concert tour — all evidence of this century’s slight attention to beauty. But there will be more videos. You can depend on it.
May your happiness increase!