I am sure you’re not supposed to run on a cruise ship — dangerous, that. And RUNNIN’ WILD would be frowned upon even more. But a small group of swinging, daring musicians pulled it off in the opening set of the STOMPTIME Eastern Caribbean cruise just concluded.
I knew this song — nearly a century old — because of Vic Dickenson’s and Benny Goodman’s recordings — but I didn’t know it had been portrayed as an EBONY JAZZ TUNE, nor that the verse and choruses were about the singer, male, whose “gal” had treated him with disrespect . . . and now he was enjoying the pleasures of being solo. You could look up the whole narrative for yourself.
But here are the loose-limbed pleasures of April 27, 2019, created and recorded somewhere between Miami and Puerto Rico. The creators are Jeff Barnhart, piano; Steve Pikal, string bass; Dick Maley, drums; Nate Ketner, reeds; Andy Reiss, guitar; Clint Baker, trumpet.
More to come. Not only on this blog, but in STOMPTIME’s June 2020 Alaska cruise. You could look that up, too.
May your happiness increase!