sexta-feira, 4 de março de 2011

Betty Carter canta Lonely House

(ao lado, Kurt Weill)
Tudo tem uma primeira vez. Bueno, esta é a primeira vez que uso aqui a expressão "Não perca!", com exclamação e tudo. Betty Carter cantando Lonely House são quase oito minutos de puro êxtase para nós, afortunados seres humanos que testemunham esta obra de arte. Repare em sua mão esquerda: ela rege para nós e para si mesma o longo caminho aéreo e energético que uma nota musical percorre à procura de de sua continuidade natural dentro da escala.

Trio que acompanha BC:

Geri Allen (piano)
Geri Allen (born June 12, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan) is an American post bop jazz pianist, producer, and music educator from Detroit, Michigan, who has worked with many of the greats of modern jazz, including Dave Holland, Ron Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Ornette Coleman, Betty Carter, Mary Stallings, and Charles Lloyd. She cites her primary influences to be Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans. She is married to trumpeter Wallace Roney.
Larry Grenadier (baixo)
Bassist Larry Grenadier was born in San Francisco on February 6, 1966. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English Literature in 1989. Grenadier has played bass with numerous jazz artists and has toured with guitarists John Scofield and Pat Metheny. He gained critical acclaim in the '90s playing in a trio lead by pianist Brad Mehldau and worked on sessions with Mark Turner, Brian Blade, David Sanchez, Chris Potter, Leon Parker, and Danilo Perez
Alvester Garnett (bateria)
Drummer Alvester Garnett was born in Richmond, Virginia at the hospital of The Medical College of Virginia in 1970. Alvin and Mabel Garnett adopted him at the age of 6 months. Early on, his most memorable musical experiences occurred while listening to the elder members sing at Mt. Tabor and Zion Grove Baptist Churches. His father served as Chairman of the Deacon Board at Mount Tabor. At Zion Grove Baptist Church, his mother sings on the church choir, his Grandfather was the Pastor and two Uncles were choir directors and pianists.

Lonely House
Langston Hughes (letra) e Kurt Weill (música)

At night, when everything is quiet
This old house seems to breathe a sigh
Sometimes I hear a neighbor snoring
Sometimes I hear a baby cry
Sometimes I hear a staircase creaking
Sometimes a distant telephone
And then the quiet settles down again
The house and I are all alone

Lonely house, lonely me
Funny, with so many neighbors
How lonely it can be
Oh, Lonely street, lonely town
Funny, you can be so lonely
With all these folks around

I guess there must be something
I don't comprehend
Sparrows have companions
Even stray dogs find a friend
That night for me is not romantic
Unhook the stars and take them down
I'm lonely in this lonely house
In this lonely town