Etta James

Really been enjoying getting back into to posting these “Get Grown” offerings. I’ve really been on some grown in my head this week and the interesting occurrence with a lot of these posts as that the year 1986 keeps coming up. Even though the music from this Etta James performance of the Errol Garner classic “Misty” (which is taken from a fantastic live album that also features Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Red Holloway, Jack McDuff, Shuggie Otis, Richard Reid and Paul Humphrey) harkens back to another era it was recorded in May of 1986 and is as alive today as it was then.

This is one of those performances where the mandate I was giving years ago rings very true: “If you’re going to play the Blues, Play The Blues!” The power, the spirit that resides in what this ensemble is holding forth behind Etta’s sway is as real as it gets and the energy from audience reaction/participation is on full display. This is music. This is grown. After listening to this you may have to take a little bit longer at lunch to sip on an adult beverage or something like that…

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.