McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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: 5/14/2002
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153075620
  • Catalog Number: 756
  • Sales rank: 284,002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Okay for Baby (3:06)
  2. 2 Listen Baby Blues (3:07)
  3. 3 Opus Boogie (3:05)
  4. 4 It Never Should Have Been This Way (2:51)
  5. 5 Gone With the Wind (2:44)
  6. 6 Baby, Look at You (3:07)
  7. 7 Don't Blame Me (3:29)
  8. 8 Boulevard Boogie - Wild Bill Moore (2:50)
  9. 9 Blues This Morning (2:58)
  10. 10 We're Together Again (3:25)
  11. 11 Naggin' Woman Blues (3:28)
  12. 12 The "G" Man Got the "T" Man - Cee Pee Johnson (3:11)
  13. 13 Tarrant Blues (2:38)
  14. 14 Blues All Night (3:23)
  15. 15 I Live True to You (3:06)
  16. 16 B Flat Boogie - Bob Mosley (2:17)
  17. 17 Then I've Got to Go (3:22)
  18. 18 I'll Be True (3:17)
  19. 19 Wiggle Wiggle Woogie - Duke Henderson (2:49)
  20. 20 Love Will Get You Down (3:04)
  21. 21 Hey Hey Hey Baby (3:15)
  22. 22 Don't Blame Me (3:11)
  23. 23 Okay for Baby (3:07)
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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 Jr. 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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