The Last of the Blue Devils

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
When Charlie Parker first came to New York in 1942, he was a sideman in Jay McShann's big band. Every jazz fan knows what happened after that -- Parker changed the world and McShann became a footnote in Parker's biography. That's too bad, and not just for him; if the 1978 session remastered and reissued on this disc is anything to go by, McShann had much more to offer the world than his role as caregiver to the inventor of bebop. Leading an all-star cast that includes saxophonist Paul Quinichette, the ubiquitous Milt Hinton on bass, and a young, up-and-coming guitarist named John Scofield, McShann teaches an entire course on the history of blues-based jazz, going from his...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
When Charlie Parker first came to New York in 1942, he was a sideman in Jay McShann's big band. Every jazz fan knows what happened after that -- Parker changed the world and McShann became a footnote in Parker's biography. That's too bad, and not just for him; if the 1978 session remastered and reissued on this disc is anything to go by, McShann had much more to offer the world than his role as caregiver to the inventor of bebop. Leading an all-star cast that includes saxophonist Paul Quinichette, the ubiquitous Milt Hinton on bass, and a young, up-and-coming guitarist named John Scofield, McShann teaches an entire course on the history of blues-based jazz, going from his own "Confessin' the Blues" through "Hootie Blues" which he co-wrote with Parker and Walter Brown and an intensely swinging version of Count Basie's "Jumpin' at the Woodside." He goes off on a welcome tangent with Pete Johnson's sweet stride ballad "Just for You" and comes on home with the boogie-woogie composition "'Fore Day Rider" and Leiber and Stoller's "Kansas City." Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431675823
  • Catalog Number: 6758
  • Sales rank: 105,435

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jay McShann Primary Artist, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals
Joe Newman Trumpet
John Scofield Electric Guitar
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Lisa Brokop Background Vocals
Paul Chapman Electric Guitar
John Dymond Bass
Milt Hinton Bass
Gord Maxwell Background Vocals
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
Robbie Steininger Acoustic Guitar
Jack Williams Drums
Jackie Williams Drums
Keith Bennett Harmonica
Joe Newman Quartet Trumpet
Tania Hancheroff Background Vocals
Wayne Addleman Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Kennedy Drums
Morry Stearns Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Little Willie Littlefield Composer
Percy Grainger Composer
Count Basie Composer
Pete Johnson Composer
Jay McShann Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Walter Brown Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Jim Crotty Engineer
Stanley Dance Liner Notes
Ahmet Ertegun Executive Producer
Ken Friesen Engineer
Porter Grainger Composer
Ilhan Mimaroglu Producer
Charlie Parker Composer
George Piros Mastering
Paul Quinichette Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Bobby Warner Remixing
Clarence Williams Composer
Bob Defrin Artwork, Art Direction
Stanislaw Zagorski Illustrations, Cover Illustration
Craig Waddell Mastering
Herman Walder Composer
Tom McKillip Producer
Everett Robbins Composer
Leo Corday Composer
Geen Paul Mastering
Robert Prince Composer
Booker T. Washington Composer
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