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It was barely more than a year ago that I decided to suspend the site, in hopes that we would all be back on track soon, and living our best lives, as it were. Well, consider this the reboot, the phoenix rising from the raging fire. The pandemic hasn’t gone, and probably hasn’t dissipated as much as we’d like to believe, but, for me, it’s time to answer the call of Smoothe Jazz, daring me to return to both the task and the joy of sharing the jazz that I so dearly love. I took a pause just before the anticipated advent of the yearly celebration that is known as Jazz Appreciation Month or “JAM”. The plan was to do a month-long tribute to the founders of jazz – Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, John Coltrane . . and the list goes on. Another April has come and gone, and it’s time to get Smoothe Jazz back up and running. Despite the fact that April has passed us by, I’m going to celebrate JAM for an entire month, pages popping with music, tales, and accomplishments of the founders. Eyes peeled! Coming soon!
In the meantime, give a listen to one of my favorite offerings from Houston Person entitled Remember Love (2018). You won’t believe all the musicians participating on this offering! First, there’s Houston Person on saxophone of course, and there’s Ron Carter on bass. Oh, wait – that’s it! No drums, no piano, no trumpets – just two men utilizing the instruments of their trade. Marvelously, I might add. Interestingly, this is but one of many of their collaborations, most notably Chemistry (2016), which, no doubt, speaks volumes about their . . . well . . . chemistry.
And remember – jazz, jazz, and nothing but jazz. Well, most of the time.