With yet another Jam Cruise looming right around the corner, it’s hard to not go back and listen to some of the best moments of past cruises. One particular set that always seems to hit just right is the low-key, intimate Atrium sets. For those that have not been on the best party at sea you can ever attend, the Atrium sets are roughly 45 minutes long, hosted by one artist on the grand piano, and typically feature a number of special guests, and plenty of interesting stories. It’s the perfect lounge set, and one that you don’t get to witness in most setting.
Umphrey’s McGee‘s keyboardist Joel Cummins, a regular on the ship, played a particularly memorable set on 1/6/15, which featured guest spots from Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, who helped perform their own “Burn Them” and Umphrey’s fan-favorite “In The Kitchen.” Jason Hann of The String Cheese Incident also sat-in on “Kitchen” along with a set-closer of Joe Cocker‘s “Feelin’ Alright.”
The rest of the set consisted of takes on classical numbers by Dmitry Kabalevsky, Claude Debussy, the jazz standard “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi, and the Umphrey’s McGee song “Orfeo” which featured the deft skills that Cummins possesses. If there is one tip that we can give you about a Jam Cruise excursion, it’s to definitely NOT miss an Atrium set.
Take a listen to Joel Cummins’ 2015 set below, courtesy of taper Eric McRoberts.
Setlist: Joel Cummins | The Atrium of Jam Cruise | 1/6/15
Sonatina No. 1 Op 32 [Dmitry Kabalevsky]
Pour Le Piano Suite: Piano Prelude [Claude Debussy]
In Memory Of My Father [Bill Evans]
Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum [Claude Debussy]
Linus And Lucy [Vince Guaraldi]
Improv > Orfeo [Umphrey’s McGee]
Burn Them * [Greensky Bluegrass]
In The Kitchen *@ [Umphrey’s McGee]
Feelin’ Alright *@ [Joe Cocker]
* w/ Paul Hoffman – Mandolin & Anders Beck – Dobro
@ w/ Jason Hann – Percussion