On the calendar, summer is nearly three weeks away. In many parts of the United States, thermometers tell us that it is here. Whether you measure summer’s arrival by time or temperature, there are few better ways to greet it than with George Gershwin’s anthem to the season from Porgy and Bess. This duo interpretation was filmed at a 1972 Highlights In Jazz concert in New York. The bassist is Richard Davis, the guitarist Ted Dunbar (1937-1998). Respected among musicians for his theoretical knowledge and teaching, Dunbar’s output of recordings was slight in relation to the size of his talent as a guitarist. This is a welcome addition to his legacy.
Thanks to Bret Primack, the Jazz Video Guy, for posting that performance on YouTube.
For a Rifftides piece about Davis being named an NEA Jazz Master earlier this year, go here. All of Dunbar’s recordings under his own name seem to be out of print. eBay lists his masterly Secundum Artem and a few other LPs here. Dunbar is featured on Kenny Barron’s Peruvian Blue, which has a classic take on Thelonious Monk’s “Blue Monk.”