Today was intended to be my second “Recovery Day” after Saturday’s “Iron Brick” madness but instead, I ventured into the pool for an easy swim. Easy, because that’s about all I could muster this morning. Maybe I’m still beat from the weekend or maybe I was a bit weighed down from the 3 tons of Mandarin Mother’s Day Buffet last night but, regardless, 2000m was all I could accomplish. Tonight I’ll go for a similarly short and easy joy ride on Daisy and this afternoon, this short and easy yoga-slash-core workout to flush all the remaining lactic acid from my body.
My “mat inspiration” this afternoon could be viewed through the lens of being Mother’s Day-related – albeit a day late – the ‘Now’s time Time!‘ featuring Mary Osborne, Lynn Milano, Marian McPartland, Vi Redd and Dottie Dodgion.
I found this unique Jazz Boner album at the 20-Mod Retro Shop in Fort Erie and it appealed to me for a few reasons.
Besides being an all female jazz quintet, the performance itself was recorded live at the now defunct Monticello Room at the Rowntowner Hotel in Rochester, NY on June 30th, 1977. In fact, this was one of three nights played by the group. For this particular quintet, Marian called four women who had never played together before: Dottie Dodgion, a swinging, whiskey soaked drummer from The Strollers; the soul-drenched veteran Los Angeles alto saxophonist Vi Redd; guitarist Mary Osborne, her Hickey House predecessor; and a 1968 Eastman graduate named Lynn Milano on bass.
How’s that for a loose-fit, swinging good time?
Just as every decent Jazz Boner album should be.
Labeled as “cool jazz” (seriously, is there another kind?), this is a fantastic fun listen. There are some wonderful renditions of Charlie Parker (‘Now’s the Time‘), Duke Ellington (‘Sophisticated Lady‘, ‘In a Mellotone‘) and Thelonius Monk (‘Straight, No Chaser‘) classic and some other lesser known standards as well.
Yes, it was a very enjoyable time spent on my mat this afternoon gently bending, twisting and planking in the gentle company of some nice, mellow jazzy tunage.