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My Baby with the Black Dress On

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the 20th Century, Jay McShann was documented in a variety of settings, everything from the big bands that made him famous in the 1940s to sextets and intimate trios. But the veteran pianist/singer has no band at all on My Baby With the Black Dress On, which finds an 82-year-old McShann playing unaccompanied solo piano aboard the S/S Norway a cruise ship in different parts of the Caribbean in December 1991. At 82, McShann didn't have the voice he once did, but his hands and fingers were still in great shape. His piano playing is as impressive as ever on inspired performances of "Stardust," "Body and Soul," and other well known standards. Because he doesn't have other ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the 20th Century, Jay McShann was documented in a variety of settings, everything from the big bands that made him famous in the 1940s to sextets and intimate trios. But the veteran pianist/singer has no band at all on My Baby With the Black Dress On, which finds an 82-year-old McShann playing unaccompanied solo piano aboard the S/S Norway a cruise ship in different parts of the Caribbean in December 1991. At 82, McShann didn't have the voice he once did, but his hands and fingers were still in great shape. His piano playing is as impressive as ever on inspired performances of "Stardust," "Body and Soul," and other well known standards. Because he doesn't have other musicians to worry about, McShann is all the more spontaneous and improvisatory, in fact, he didn't follow any lists of songs during his S/S Norway engagement of December 1991. If he decided to play "I'll See You in My Dreams" at a given moment, "I'll See You in My Dreams" is what the audience would hear. This CD falls short of essential, but it's a generally rewarding example of late period McShann.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/1998
  • Label: Chiaroscuro Records
  • UPC: 091454034529
  • Catalog Number: 345
  • Sales rank: 131,061

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Hootie Blues (6:50)
  2. 2 Evenin' (6:07)
  3. 3 But Not for Hootie (4:12)
  4. 4 Stardust (6:22)
  5. 5 Georgia on My Mind (5:23)
  6. 6 My Chile (3:57)
  7. 7 I Just Picked It out of the Sky (4:00)
  8. 8 Body and Soul (5:34)
  9. 9 All of Me (4:52)
  10. 10 Cherry Red (4:29)
  11. 11 Vine Street Boogie (3:50)
  12. 12 Yardbird Waltz (5:41)
  13. 13 Hands Off (3:22)
  14. 14 I'll See You in My Dreams (3:33)
  15. 15 Jazzspeak (6:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jay McShann Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Jay McShann Composer
Jon Bates Engineer, Remixing
Priscilla Bowman Composer
Hank O'Neal Producer
Jack Palmer Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Bruce Ricker Liner Notes
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