I don't know what affects my listening moods or habits. Maybe it's lay lines or "biorhythms" or some other such new age, hippy clap trap. Whatever it is it's taken me down a pretty old fashioned road this week.
In reality I think I'm still pretty high after seeing Stan Tracey the other week. And something I read that Stan had said has obviously struck a chord.
I forget the exact quote (and I'm buggered if I can find it!), but he commented on the "growth" of modern piano led jazz trios. How technically proficient they all, undoubtedly, were - but they just didn't get his toe tappin'....
And I suppose that's true to an extent. All your ESTs, your Curios, your Neil Cowleys and Tord Gustavsens are fantastic - but their music is very complex, structured and layered. Sometimes all you need or want is a happy wee tune! That isn't a criticism of them, and I don't think Stan was criticising either, it was more a comment that there are very few piano led jazz bands now who just play traditional jazz tunes ... really well.
So. I've been listening to a couple of the old un's.. George Shearing, Stan Tracey (obviously), Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson. Not all trios - but all in small combo settings.
Yesterday to augment my meager collection of Peterson's work I got "We Get Requests" the last trio recording he did for the Verve label (well, last for the Verve label - full stop). An album of jazz versions of hits of the day (1964) and well know covers, it's a sort of "ubber-cocktail lounge" record. Really mellow and soothing but never overstepping the mark into cheesy.
There's a version of "The Girl From Ipanema" on it that I love... which is surprising because I usually hate that tune - it's become a byword for "muzak" over the years.