Monday, December 19, 2005
David Basse- Gauloise Blue (Smokin' the Night Away)
No more smoking in here.
Although a handful of the hundreds of professional jazz musicians in Kansas City may be more gifted than David Basse, none are more savvy. Basse runs a record label, works as a jazz DJ for one radio station and provides a jazz calendar for another, and juggles a booking agency, all while maintaining a high-profile performance schedule throughout the last twenty years. Basse's great ear extends beyond traditional jazz, as evidenced by this Tom Waits-style ballad. The 1999 date features Mike Melvoin on piano, John Heard on bass, John Guerin on drums and Herman Riley on sax, who really makes the song with his noirish solo.