The Coltrane project (two items down) is progressing to the extent that I was able to get out the office for a short bicycle excursion. Tooling around the neighbohood, I saw these harbingers of spring thriving near the trunk of a venerable birch tree.
The calendar says that spring is officially two weeks away, but it’s close enough that songs about the season are calling. Here are two versions of one of the best, Burke and Van Heusen’s “Suddenly It’s Spring.” First, June Christy sings it in a 1960 recording. Al Viola plays the lovely guitar introduction. The flute obbligato is by Bud Shank, long before he put the instrument in storage.
The Jack Brownlow trio follows, with Brownlow, piano; Jeff Johnson, bass; and Dean Hodges, drums. It’s from the Brownlow album with a title inspired by the song.
From the Rifftides staff—happy springtime.