Jay McShann The Big Apple Bash
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- Released: March 3, 2008
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
- 1.Crazy Legs and Friday Strut
- 2.Georgia on My Mind
- 3.Dickie's Dream
- 4.Ain't Misbehavin'
- 5.I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
- 6.Blue Feeling
- 7.Jumpin' the Blues
Personnel: Jay McShann (vocals, guitar, piano); Janis Siegel (vocals); John Scofield (guitar); Herbie Mann (flute, clarinet, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (saxophone, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone); Earle Warren (alto saxophone); Doc Cheatham (trumpet); Dicky Wells (trombone); Connie Kay, Joe Morello (drums); Sammy Figueroa (percussion); Eddie Gomez .
Recording information: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY (08/03/1971-08/10/1971).
Pianist Jay McShann has spent much of his career being classified as a blues pianist when in fact he is a flexible swing stylist. On this excellent release, McShann appears with two groups of all-stars. His original "Crazy Legs and Friday Strut" and "Georgia on My Mind" find him joined by Herbie Mann (on flute and tenor), baritonist Gerry Mulligan and a rhythm section that includes guitarist John Scofield. The other selections (two standards, Duke Ellington's "Blue Feeling" and McShann's own "Jumpin' the Blues") are performed by an octet also featuring Mann, altoist Earle Warren, trumpeter Doc Cheatham, trombonist Dicky Wells and Scofield. The unusual grouping of swing, bop and modern stylists is successful (the material is pretty basic) and Janis Siegel's guest appearance for a vocal duet with McShann on "Ain't Misbehavin'" works. ~ Scott Yanow
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