The thing I reached for, pined for, was so bereft of for so many years...love. And then my daughter came and changed it all!
Two great men, Bud Bell on piano and Mel Nelson, bass. The first time I saw Bud and Mel was at a concert in Sacramento at the university. They played to a packed house, opened with an original song. At the end of the song the entire audience leaped to their feet, they were that amazing! Cool, collected, inspiring, the most accomplished, moving musicians. I knew I had to work with them and did. I can still hear their easy laughs, see the beautiful concentration on Bud's face as he commanded the ivories. Bud called me a few years ago, he had been in an accident and broke his hands and could play no more, truly tragic.I am so glad I had the opportunity to work with him and Mel. Dear Bud passed away not long ago at an early age, peacefully in sleep with a heart failure...something in the way he lived his life never happened. Listen to those piano rolls...And LOVE ABOVE ALL.