The Legendary McVouty

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Slim Gaillard tickled many a funny bone with his jive vocals and invented a language which he called McVouty. These transcriptions, which were made for broadcast to the U.S. Armed Forces -- generally complete with stage chatter between numbers -- were made between 1941-1946 with various lineups. Gaillard never achieved the same level of chemistry with bassist Bam Brown that he did with his original partner, Slam Stewart, who was both a far better player and more listenable singer than Brown. Several of Gaillard's memorable novelty hits are included: "Cement Mixer," "Tutti Frutti," and the hilarious "Avocado Seed Soup Symphony." But vocal features for drummer Leo Watson ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Slim Gaillard tickled many a funny bone with his jive vocals and invented a language which he called McVouty. These transcriptions, which were made for broadcast to the U.S. Armed Forces -- generally complete with stage chatter between numbers -- were made between 1941-1946 with various lineups. Gaillard never achieved the same level of chemistry with bassist Bam Brown that he did with his original partner, Slam Stewart, who was both a far better player and more listenable singer than Brown. Several of Gaillard's memorable novelty hits are included: "Cement Mixer," "Tutti Frutti," and the hilarious "Avocado Seed Soup Symphony." But vocal features for drummer Leo Watson "Operatic Aria," though it's actually a blues and pianist Harry "The Hipster" Gibson "Hey, Stop That Dancing Up There" fall flat. The performances give the impression that the listener is missing out by not being able to see the group's antics on-stage. Slim Gaillard is best-heard in small doses of three to four songs before the novelty wears off, but this well-recorded collection is representative of his typical fare during the 1940s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/1995
  • Label: Hep Records
  • UPC: 603366000624
  • Catalog Number: 6
  • Sales rank: 140,065

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Slim Gaillard Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Master of Ceremonies
Ray Conniff Trombone
Bobby Hackett Trumpet
Chico Hamilton Drums
Slam Stewart Bass, Vocals
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Jack Martin Baritone
Scatman Crothers Drums
Harry "The Hipster" Gibson Piano, Vocals
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Tiny Brown Bass, Vocals
Henry Coker Trumpet
Lem Davis Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Karl George Trumpet
Fletcher Smith Piano
Leo Watson Drums, Vocals
Corky Corcoran Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Al Jolson Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Murray McEachern Director
John Haxby Graphic Design
Alastair Robertson Producer, Liner Notes
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