Another location recording by Dave Frishberg?
What do you mean, another? There hasn’t been one since Do You Miss New York? That was four years ago.
Ah, the one with “Jaws” and “The Hopi Way.” How can he top that?
Top it? Why does he have to top it? Music isn’t a contest, a quest to set records (heh heh). Can’t he just make a CD with a few new songs and a few old ones and tie ’em together with a theme?
What’s the theme?
Nostalgia. You know, “The Dear Departed Past.”
Oh. Of course. Any new baseball songs?
Several, and he spins them together in a story about the White Sox scandal in 1919 and Christy Mathewson (“Matty”). One of them, “Play Ball,” is a nifty waltz. “Van Lingle Mungo” and “Dodger Blue” are there, too.
I forget to mention the boxing song, “Who Do You Think You Are, Jack Dempsey?”
How’s his piano playing?
Terrific. Nice little solos. Sympathetic accompanist. Listens to the singer. He does his best “Listen Here” on record.
Okay. What’s the album called?
Retromania: Dave Frishberg At The Jazz Bakery. Good cover shot; Frishberg and a bunch of old sports magazines. He wrote the liner notes. Sample: “I’m nostalgic about stuff that hasn’t even happened yet.”