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Benny Goodman’s ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’

Cindy Cashdollar and Erik Hokkanen meet Dr. Dum d’Dum

Erik Hokkanen & Cindy Cashdollar meet Dr. Dum d’Dum – Stompin’ at the Savoy.

The full original live version of this song — without electric bass — is a fabulous piece of work. When Erik, Cindy, Gary Claxton, Kevin Smith and Tom Lewis get the groove going, I personally want them to keep it going forever!

And the good news is that the complete original version is twice as long as this electric bass-powered excerpt. There was a lot of talent on the stage that day! Check out the original at https://youtu.be/92bIybw6xw0. It inspired me, and that’s a fact!

But actually, the two versions feel a little different. I think this version has a heavier beat and a more pronounced swing.

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One more thing — I generally don’t “prescribe” a bass line for a song I like if there’s already a bass on the track. The one exception is when the bass is inaudible, which is sadly the case of most of Kevin Smith’s altogether excellent standup bass playing on the original track. Kevin Smith is a well known Texas slap bassist, and I want to make it clear that Kevin Smith was a big part of this recording. If you like this version of “Stompin’ at the Savoy” by Erik Hokkanen and Cindy Cashdollar meet Dr. Dum d’Dum, give the credit to Kevin Smith. If you don’t, blame me.

Dr. Dum d’Dum plays a 1987 Yamaha Motion B MB-III Bass on this cut.

Dr. Dum d’Dum: saving the world, one bass line at a time.

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