Music of sweetness and light, with a beautiful sense of humor.
Trout Fishing in America is a local band stationed in North Arkansas that has been a fixture on the Arkansas music circuit for the past 20 years. Their name, of course, is from a book by '70s writer Richard Brautigan. Comprised fundamentally of Ezra Idlet: on guitars and vocals and the classically trained Keith Grimwood on basses and vocals, Trout Fishing has forged an interesting and provocative sound. At 6’ 9", Idlet towers above his partner of twenty years, Grimwood (5’ 5 ½"). Under the microscope (if they could get there) these two musicians betray a powerful synergy. Their repertoire is full of distinctive songs and superb musicianship, intelligence, humor, charm and performance. And performance is how to hear them. Typically, Trout Fishing's music is of sweetness and cleverness as is evidenced in the lyrics of "Old Things" ("Now I don't mind progress but it's hard to get attached to a new idea that's obsolete the moment it gets hatched") or "After You've Gone" ("Nothing can take your place, I'll have more closet space after you've gone"). They use folk styles and '20s and '30s Tin Pan Alley melodies as a vehicle for their smart lyrics. Should you have an opportunity to catch them in a show, by all means, go.
Track Listing: Dreaming; Old Things; Closer To The Truth; Keep It On The Positive Side; Dangerous; Big Boys In Bad Shape; Alberta Postcard; But I Do; There You Go; After You've Gone; Almost September; Would It Be So Bad; The Sun And The Moon And The Stars. (Total Time: 59:35)
Personnel: Ezra Idlet: Guitars And Vocals; Keith Grimwood: Basses And Vocals. Trout Fishing In America Is Joined By: Fred Bogart: Organ; Chris Munson, Dale Armstrong: Drums; David Angel, Vassar Clements: Violin; Anders Osborne: Slide Guitar; Bob Manson: Cello Mickey Raphael: Harmonica; Jerry Douglas: Dobro; Shawn Harris: Percussion; Lee Owen: Banjo-Necked Acoustic; Tim O'Brien: Mandolin.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.