In some states, possession of even a small amount of forbidden substance is a crime. But — thankfully — few regimes have currently criminalized RHYTHM, so the James Dapogny Quartet is safe to swing out. It’s delightful to hear a group of improvisers take on I GOT RHYTHM in its natural plumage, since the chord changes have become “adapted” and “adopted” for so many swing originals. The only problem here is that the Gershwin title is singular. For this group, it has to be WE’VE GOT RHYTHM, and they are decisive about the ownership of same.
James Dapogny, piano; Mike Karoub, cello; Rod McDonald, guitar; Kurt Krahnke, string bass. Recorded by Laura Beth Wyman at the Glacier Hills Senior Living Community, Ann Arbor, Michigan, on June 26, 2015. Two other marvels from this session can be marvelled at here.
It could be the best slightly-under-three-minutes you will spend this year. And Hank Duncan sends his love.
May your happiness increase!