Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
Kansas City pianist Jay McShann's place in jazz history is secure if only because he was Charlie Parker's first significant employer, but he's also a gifted musician and vocalist who has retained his vigor through more tha... more »
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Kansas City pianist Jay McShann's place in jazz history is secure if only because he was Charlie Parker's first significant employer, but he's also a gifted musician and vocalist who has retained his vigor through more than 60 years of performing. His blues-drenched piano is in full romp on these sessions recorded between 1990 and 1992, with groups that range from duos with bassist Major Holley through different trios to an all-star quintet recorded in Norway with trumpeter Clark Terry, trombonist Al Grey, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Ben Riley. The repertoire is wonderful, with Don Redman's "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You" standing out in a very strong program. Holley and Terry join in on the vocals at various points in a recording that's as joyous as it is masterful. As with McShann's other Chiaroscuro recordings, this one concludes with an engaging track of the pianist recounting his experiences. --Stuart Broomer
You'll like it
drumheller fountain | Seattle | 12/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Normally I just read reviews (as youfll soon surmise), but when I noticed gSome Bluesh had no stars by the title, I thought Ifd better get the word out. I got this title because of an Amazon jazz section editorfs recommendation. It soon became my favorite CD and Jay McShann has become my favorite piano player. There isnft one weak track. Put on the headphones and groove or make it your living room background music. Great starter for your Jay McShann collection. Last track, gJazzspeakh is a gem. Even though itfs just the personable McShann rambling on, it can be listened to over and over. Foot tappinf, head bobbinf music that will make you anything but blue."
The Spirit! The Swing! The Joy! The Blues!
Nikica Gilic | Zagreb, Croatia | 06/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This remarkable album is really something special, extremely expressive, swinging hard and mighty...
Putting aside the fact that the Jay McShann, the leader with whom Charlie Parker recorded his early tracks, was still capable of first class performance in the beginning of the 90s, this is simply a brilliant jazz album, with plenty of good spirited (and often brilliant) vocals to complete the playing...
The players vary a bit, since this was recorded in several sessions (and, sadly, not every participant lived long enough to finish recording) but the album sounds not only uplifting and swinging, but also logical...
Slowly, the line-up grows as Al Grey on trombone joins in, and after him Clark Terry, making the music more and more impressive, bordering on completely zany and "Some Blues" goes towards the exuberant climax. And just as you think you've heard all, there's McShann's lovely monologue on the last track, recounting the memories of Earl "Fatha" Hines, Joe Turner who would say "Roll' em Pete" to his buddy Pete Johnson...
Highly recommended to all classic jazz fans and jazz history buffs: this is an example of history being very much alive at the moment where for some would gladly see it dead and forgotten.
The owl on the cover plays the piano because Jay McShann's nickname is Hootie..
The title is not misleading; there's "some" blues here as well as some swing and ballads"