This little treat of a swinging performance comes from the recent appearance of singer Kally Price — with accordionist / pianist Rob Reich, string bassist Dan Fabricant, and percussionist Beth Goodfellow — at San Francisco’s congenial Red Poppy Art House (on Folsom Street) on June 17, 2012.
This quartet, with Kally blazing away, does a superb job of bringing back the 1937-8 Duke Ellington band, complete with vocal trio, to this century:
The only problem I have with this hymn to swing-dancing is that the lyrics strike me as especially self-deprecating. Can you imagine a past where Kally Price was — dare I say it — un-trucky? Or that she ever, ever had to improve her jive? Maybe it was some part of her distant past, but if her jive were improved I don’t think the Red Poppy would be standing as I write this.
See what you think. And try to keep still while watching and listening to this foursome tell us not only what swing is all about, but offer incontrovertible evidence that Swing is here to stay. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I gotta cut back a figure / So, Gate, I’ll dig you / Later!
May your happiness increase.