YOU REALLY HAD TO BE THERE!
The Power of dance is a positive force that makes me high. High on jazz. High on dancing. High on life. There is an unspoken dialogue between the dancers and the musicians, and when that connection happens, dancing is not just physical. It’s soulful.
On Sept. 22, 2007, the Paul Tillotson Love Trio got everyone high. I mean if they can get 93 year-old Frankie Manning out on the floor, you know they’re doing something right! Paul has that special ingredient that is hard to explain. Too many musicians these days don’t realize it’s not about how many notes you play, it’s really about playing together: together as a band and together as one with the dancers. I can’t dance if the music doesn’t move me. When Frankie and I danced to Satin Doll, we could feel the Love Trio’s connection on every beat.
The Love Trio’s music is so swingin’ and so beautiful that I was compelled to dance all night. This CD is a way to share-and preserve- the magical energy radiated by the Love Trio every night they play. I was lucky to be a part of that evening, and now you can too. I hope these songs continue to move you for years and years to come, as they moved me the first time I heard them. Thank you Paul, James, and Mike. Thank you Jelly Roll Productions. Thank you dancers. The light was on and shining bright that night!
(Slide Hampton’s sister/Dance Royalty)