Friday, April 10, 2015

Good food, Good wine...(Good gosh a'mighty, Allen Kanovsky is living large at Cafe Vico!)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 04/10/15

...good service, good companions and best of all good music.

It all happened at Cafe Vico last night. Food? Osso Bucco. Flat noodles with mushrooms, broccoli, garlic sautéed in virgin first pressed olive oil, Chicken Parm. Wine, Pinot Grigio. Excellent and courteous service. Companion, my nephew Jeffrey Litt (Superintendent of Icahn Charter Schools N.Y.C.) and his lovely wife Ilene.

Music, JAZZ played by Clarence Palmer (B3/vocals) Jim Adle (tenor/vocals) and Danny Burger (the brushmeister). We were so busy with our food that I failed to take notes for part of the first set and all of the second set. Jeff was taken by the quality of the music we were hearing. Jim and Danny's solos stood out. He even liked Clarence's vocal renditions. 

During one of the breaks Clarence and I discussed the difference between off-key notes and bent notes. I repeat my oft mentioned thought that "listening" is not an objective endeavor. 

The last set started as a lesson in "Ethnicity in Music" with 2 Georgia songs. "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Georgia" followed by Ray Charles hit "Tell Me What I Do". The composers of SGB were both white and black. Hoagy Carmichael was white. I don't know who wrote "What I Say" but Ray Charles who had hit records of both "Georgia" and "What I Say" was black. In the words made famous by Hillary Rodham Clinton (white) "What difference does it make?". In my words as in another song title "So What?" Clarence closed the set with a beautiful and meaningful ballad "How Do You Keep The Music Playing". I kept a tally. He hit an equal number of notes that were flat and sharp. Clarence insists that I don't know s--t about music. I totally agree. "So What" is a Miles Davis composition and I'll take Miles over Hillary every day of the week!

P.S. If you want to keep the music going, support live music, wherever and often.

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?" 

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