Midnight In Moscow (aka Moscow Nights; composer Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi) is one of those things that just works. I don’t think it really has any genre. I can’t put my finger on any particular emotion that it stirs. For me, it is music that has actually absorbed an era; it will always pick me up and drop me back there.
Beside the fact that Midnight In Moscow really swings, the lines making it what it is, are played with such intent; I really believe that those musicians really believe! Add that sincerity factor to the fact that it is a Russian (circa 1957!) piece of music and you’ve got one very interesting gumbo combo!
So, where were you in ’62 when Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen‘s Midnight In Moscow came on your radio…
Personnel as determined: Kenny Ball trumpet; John Bennett trombone; Dave Jones clarinet; Ron Weatherburn piano; Paddy Lightfoot banjo; Vic Pitt bass; Ron Bowden drums.
We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!
*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.