and The Red Hots
As kids, we were all afraid of the Boogie Man, a spooky character
generally found lurking in closets or underneath the bed. But
since 1985, the Boogie Man has taken the form of highly acclaimed
pianist and arranger Red Young. His name may not ring familiar,
but Red has worked with some of the top names in swing, tickling
the ivories and crafting jumpin' arrangements for artists like
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, and Bette Midler.
His third release, Gettin' Around, Young conjures up the
boogie-woogie, feet-stompin' rhythms once heard in 1940s beer
halls. The opening track, "Mr. Boogie to you," is a
bit simplistic, with Red's piano boogie accompanied by only light
hand claps to set the tempo. But by the second cut, "Moppin'
& Boppin'," Red serves up the horn power and full-throttle
vocals he's known for. The album also features a side-splitting
duet on "The Temporary Blues," with Steve Lucky of the
Rhumba bums, as well as a cover of Cab Calloway's "Boo Wah
Boo Wah," and a Hammond organ-laden version of "At Last"
that is perfect for any romantic glide across the dance floor
with your sweetheart.
Around highlights Red's raspy Texas vocals better than his
last album, The Boogie Man, and reflects his true talent
as a songwriter. This is one Boogie Man that you'll want gettin'
around your home.