Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners: Washington Hall Stomp

Artist
Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners
Released
2015
Genre
jazz
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The Rhythm Runners’ Prohibition Era jazz is such infectious fun it could almost make you wish the 21st Amendment had never been repealed.” —Dick Stein, Jazz DJ, KPLU FM Seattle, Tacoma

Greg Ruby has captured the spirit of early jazz here not only through his own tunes such as the spritely “Humdinger” and the insouciant “That’s About Right,” but by retrieving and rearranging the long lost compositions of legendary Seattle wind instrument “professor” Frank Waldron, mentor to Quincy Jones, Buddy Catlett and others. Ruby’s carefully nuanced, airy arrangements—in the spirit of Jelly Roll Morton—bring out the joy and spark of Ruby’s and Waldron’s melodies while showcasing the considerable talents of soloists Dennis Lichtman (clarinet), Gordon Au (trumpet), Charlie Halloran (trombone) and, naturally, Ruby himself. The album is an absolute delight, a window into a joyful, rambunctious jazz past that is too often overlooked.” —Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times, Down Beat