Some Blues

Some Blues

by Jay McShann
     
 

Four different sessions featuring pianist Jay McShann are on this enjoyable CD. The first three numbers team the veteran swing/blues player with bassist Major Holley and drummer Bobby Durham, including a swinging rendition of "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter." There are also three duets with Holley that are particularlySee more details below

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Four different sessions featuring pianist Jay McShann are on this enjoyable CD. The first three numbers team the veteran swing/blues player with bassist Major Holley and drummer Bobby Durham, including a swinging rendition of "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter." There are also three duets with Holley that are particularly valuable, as the bassist (who has two vocals) passed away later that year and these might very well be his final recordings. The next three pieces (two of which are blues) feature the trio of McShann, trombonist Al Grey (who is in top form), and bassist Bill Crow. The remaining three numbers have McShann and Grey featured in a quintet with flügelhornist Clark Terry (who shares two humorous good-time vocals with the pianist), bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Ben Riley. All of the sessions are quite fun and are filled by colorful solos. The CD concludes with Jay McShann on "Jazzspeak," talking in great detail about his early life up until his first years in Kansas City. Overall, this is a difficult program not to love.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/1995
Label:
Chiaroscuro Records
UPC:
0091454032020
catalogNumber:
320
Rank:
108848

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay McShann   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Grey   Trombone
Major Holley   Bass,Vocals
Ben Riley   Drums
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Bill Crow   Bass
Milt Hinton   Bass
Bobby Durham   Drums

Technical Credits

Jay McShann   Composer
Jon Bates   Engineer
Phil Castellano   Engineer
Bill Crow   Liner Notes
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Hank O'Neal   Producer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Leo Meiersdorff   Cover Design
Jan Erik Kungshuag   Engineer

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