Big Jay McNeely became a legend because of his amazing tenor sax playing and his exciting live performances. His athletic and electrifying playing was almost always a show-stopper. This compact disc captures his legendary 1957 live performance at Birdland.
1.I Hope You're All Right
9.I Got A Woman
10.Things Ain't What They Used To Be
11.How High The Moon
12.Oh What A Fool
13.Road House Boogie / Let It Roll
14.There Is Something On Your Mind
16.My Darling Dear
Personnel: Big Jay McNeely (tenor saxophone), Little Sonny Warner (vocals), Bob McNeely (baritone saxophone), Wendell Johnson (guitar), Dillard McNeely (bass), Leonard "Tight" Hardiman (drums).
Recorded live on two-track tape at Birdland, Seattle, Washington in 1957. Includes liner notes.
An amazing artifact from 1957, when live recordings like this one didn't happen very often. A Seattle engineer with a spanking-new stereo tape recorder captured the contents of this disc while McNeely and his swinging combo were working out at a Seattle nightspot called the Birdland. He gets plenty of room to peel the paper from the gin joint's walls as he wails on "Flying Home," "How High the Moon," and "Let It Roll." ~ Bill Dahl