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Some Blues

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 fl├╝gelhornist 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: 4/4/1995
  • Label: Chiaroscuro Records
  • UPC: 091454032020
  • Catalog Number: 320
  • Sales rank: 107,032

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jay McShann Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Al 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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