Nearly two months ago, I alerted you to a concert that the soprano saxophonist Bill Kirchner was going to play on October 7 at the New School in New York City. I regretted that it was 3,000 miles away. Now, my regret is that I didn’t jump on a plane and attend. Fortunately for me and for you, fellow blogger Marc Myers of Jazz Wax was in the audience. For Marc, it was an easy trip. He lives in the neighborhood, give or take a few dozen long Manhattan north-south blocks. One of his recent posts is about Kirchner and what he endured for years to regain his ability to play. It incorporates the transcript of an invaluable Ethan Iverson interview with Bill.
A New School video of Kirchner’s hour-and-a-half concert with bassist Jim Ferguson and pianist Carlton Holmes ends Marc’s post. Ferguson and Holli Ross are the vocalists, singing memorable ballads, and singing them beautifully. The concert is remarkable for its lyricism, musicianship, restraint, and the unity of the musicians. Video dissolves make Ms. Ross occasionally appear and disappear, a bit of serendipitous digital magic that somehow suits the spirit of the occasion. Watch the video, but please be sure to first read Myers’ and Iverson’s introductory pieces. They set the stage for a concert of surpassing intimacy. To see and hear it, click here.