McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues

McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues

by Jack McVea
     
 

Jack McVea sports a jacket, tie, and spectacles on the cover of McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues, looking more like a professor than a saxophonist. While he is most certainly the latter, his debonair appearance does mirror the smooth, elegant style of his horn. McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues captures the tenor/alto player in 1945 in a number of settingsSee more details below

Overview

Jack McVea sports a jacket, tie, and spectacles on the cover of McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues, looking more like a professor than a saxophonist. While he is most certainly the latter, his debonair appearance does mirror the smooth, elegant style of his horn. McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues captures the tenor/alto player in 1945 in a number of settings that mostly emphasize his R&B work. The other central figure of this disc is drummer/vocalist Rabon Tarrant, who joins McVea on 13 of the 23 tracks. Tarrant's powerful vocals on pieces like "Listen Baby Blues" and "Blues All Night" provide an agreeable contrast to McVea's silky saxophone. There's a bouncy take on "The 'G' Man Got the 'T' Man" with singer Cee Pee Johnson and a bizarre, risqué piece titled "Wiggle Wiggle Woogie" with singer Duke Henderson. Although the singers and personnel vary quite a bit, the material gels together into a pretty uniform set. There are also three instrumentals -- one kicking off the album, the other two ending it -- that allow McVea a little more room to strut his stuff. In another year, the saxophonist would strike gold with "Open the Door, Richard" and forever be associated with R&B as opposed to jazz. McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues offers a fine assortment of the saxophonist's early R&B work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2002
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153075620
catalogNumber:
756
Rank:
284032

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Tracks

  1. Okay for Baby
  2. Listen Baby Blues
  3. Opus Boogie
  4. It Never Should Have Been This Way
  5. Gone With the Wind
  6. Baby, Look at You
  7. Don't Blame Me
  8. Boulevard Boogie  - Wild Bill Moore
  9. Blues This Morning
  10. We're Together Again
  11. Naggin' Woman Blues
  12. The "G" Man Got the "T" Man  - Cee Pee Johnson
  13. Tarrant Blues
  14. Blues All Night
  15. I Live True to You
  16. B Flat Boogie  - Bob Mosley
  17. Then I've Got to Go
  18. I'll Be True
  19. Wiggle Wiggle Woogie  - Duke Henderson
  20. Love Will Get You Down
  21. Hey Hey Hey Baby
  22. Don't Blame Me
  23. Okay for Baby

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack McVea   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wynonie Harris   Vocals
Charles Mingus   Bass
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Phillips   Guitar
Wilbert Barranco   Piano
Teddy Buckner   Trumpet
Frank Clarke   Bass
Karl George   Trumpet
Jewell L. Grant   Alto Saxophone
Edward Hale   Alto Saxophone
Shifty Henry   Bass
George "Happy" Johnson   Trombone
Bob Mosley   Piano
Gene Porter   Clarinet
Rabon Tarrant   Drums,Vocals
William B. Woodman   Tenor Saxophone
Duke Henderson   Vocals
Wild Bill Moore   Tenor Saxophone
Dale Russell   Bass
Lee Young   Drums
Earl Brooks   Piano
Cee Pee Johnson   Vocals
R.J. Ross   Drums
Jimmy Shackleton   Piano

Technical Credits

Frank Driggs   Liner Notes
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Bob Koester   Producer,Liner Notes
Duncan P. Schiedt   Cover Photo
Steve Wagner   Producer

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