Save Your Sorrow - We Three & Bob Erwig 2007
Last week at the Penticton Jazz Festival I was invited to play a few tunes with “We Three”. Bob Draga on clarinet, Jeff Barnhart on piano and Danny Coots on drums are a trio of incredible musicians with a great sense of humor making it fun for themselves and the audience. I knew Bob from festivals and seacruises since the late eighties. I had met Jeff during an evening at my friend Simon Stribling’s place in Vancouver but I had never met or played with Danny Coots. I listened to him many times before and found him to be a superb drummer. Of course I was not as prepared for this as I should have been. My chops are not what they used to be, but....., you just dive in and take it from there. Being more or less retired from it all, this became for me an unforgettable experience. My wife Ilse was there to do the filming and under difficult circumstances she managed to capture the feeling. Unfortunenately the piano was hidden and with only Jeff’s head visible she could not catch any of his wonderful finger work.
Save your sorrow is a fairly unknown tune. I learned it a few years ago from a recording of Max Kaminsky in an Eddie Condon Commodore session.
I was amazed that Jeff not only knew a verse chorus but also sang the lyrics. It was Bob's first time with this tune. The man got a darn good ear.