Phil deGruy's Mad Cap Jazz(2)

There were about 50 people in the audience the first time I saw Phil deGruy perform, and by the time he had finished his first piece there wasn’t an un-blown mind in the place. Wielding a mysterious solidbody instrument vaguely resembling a Coral Sitar with the strings reversed, deGruy breezed through mind-boggling arrangements of everything from Coltrane’s “Naima” and Bill Evans’ “My Bells” to “Day Tripper” and “My Girl” to “Over the Rainbow” and a medley of Merry Melodies. And deGruy’s original compositions, which had campy titles such as “Hi Honey, I’m Homeless” and “Blues for Rod Serling,” were equally breathtaking.