Joel Cummins Covers Journey, Wilco & Elton John ‘Live From The Living Room’
Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins presented a 70-minute set livestreamed from his home for the Live From The Living Room series on Wednesday night. Cummins mixed UM originals with classical compositions, a jazz tune and covers of songs by Journey, Wilco and Elton John.
Joel kicked off the performance with a jam that led into Bach’s “Prelude In C Major #2.” The pianist then played DeBussy’s “Serenade For The Doll” and jazz artist Lee Morgan’s “Sidewinder.” Cummins’ first vocal offering of the evening was “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” a song Elton John originally released on his 1974 studio album, Caribou.
“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” led into “Mamu,” an Umphrey’s McGee original the band has only played three times since 2002. Joel then jammed UM’s “Wife Soup” into the Wilco classic “Sunken Treasure.” From there, Cummins fit “Roulette” within “Higgins” before “Hajimemashite” bled into Journey’s beloved “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The set came to a close with the end of UM’s own “All In Time.”
Set: Improv > Prelude In C Major #2, Serenade For The Doll, Sidewinder, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me > Mamu, Wife Soup > Sunken Treasure, Higgins > Roulette > Higgins, Hajimemashite > Don’t Stop Believin’ > All In Time Coda