Tre Re!   (Retrospective Re-Release)

Friday, December 14th, 2018 8:13 AM

December Tre-Re

Triste!

Triste is one of my earliest Jobim tunes and a major mainstay for a long time. I should say, I believe Jobim is the reason I ever re-awoke to jazz way back in the day, and his songs remains the core of my repertoire—in fact I´m working on an all Brazilian-derived program right now [are you ready yet to do a house-concert party for your friends with me?].
And I must say heartfelt thanks to all you musicians who have helped me learn this music—an ongoing process for sure!
This recording I want to give a shout-out to Tim Volpicella for his exquisite guitar work.
(Also he was the guiding musical force for the "softly" CD.)
Here´s a translation—but it is much more poetic in Portugues!

It´s sad to live all alone
In the cruel pain of my passion
It´s sad to know that no-one
Can live by illusion
That never will be
Never will give
Oh dreamer, you have to wake up to this!
Your beauty is an airplane
Too much for a poor heart
That stops to see you walk by
Only to treat me badly
It´s sad to live all alone.









Thursday, November 15th, 2018 7:56 AM

November Tre-Re!

1 Softly
“You Go To My Head” was always a good song for me—in fact I'm going to do it again Thursday! :-) The song always put me in the zone, still does. I remember in the early 00s, Steve Peters, perhaps the best most reliable drummer in Santa Cruz Jazz Society circles, always asking me, “Do that Billie Holiday song you do...” Beginning with Tim Volpicello’s beautiful guitar and Scott Nordgren’s gorgeous tenor sax—then with the great Stan Poplin on bass, Art Alm on keys, and Steve Robertson on drums.
 
I particularly want to draw your attention to Scott's sax. He is a truly great, unsung artist who has suffered from serious health problems—Scott, sending love!
 
A fun little update: One of the lovely guys who work behind the meat & fish counter at my neighborhood market, Bob’s—his name is Brian—keeps this Softly CD in his car to listen to regularly—mainly because of this song, I think.
Enjoy! & drop me a line from my Contact page!
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