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Legendary McVouty
     

The Legendary McVouty

by Slim Gaillard
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/1995
Label:
Hep Records
UPC:
0603366000624
catalogNumber:
6
Rank:
229067

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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

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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