But he had a different motive for the condensations.
He wanted to free some time to showcase the talents of his quartet mates. They included pianist Bobby van Deusen, bassist-singer Ernie Williford and drummer Johnny Moore.
|Bobby van Deusen|
Besides being a rock-solid bass player, Williford is an engaging singer with a keen sense of time and a knack for mining the emotion in a lyric. Treats included his takes on two Hoagy Carmichael gems: "New Orleans" and "Georgia On My Mind." His powerful version of "Georgia" is unlike any other you'll hear.
Moore is a tasty drummer who prefers subtlety over flash. His two or three solo interludes were tasty and interesting. He doesn't try to impress with power and noise. This is a good thing.
|Ernie Williford, Bud Leeds, Bobby van Deusen, Johnny Moore|
The Bud Leeds Ensemble featuring Jonathan Russell will play Sunday, January 5, 3 PM, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice. The venue is at the corner of Pinebrook (1971) and Edmondson Road. Tickets are available at the door.ReplyDelete