Jay McShann with Duke Robillard and Maria Muldaur: Still Jumpin' The Blues
McShann and Robillard are a highly compatible pair, and their interplay is marvelous on some familiar chestnuts ("Goin' To Chicago, "Moten Swing," "Ain't Nobody's Business") and a few obscure numbers ("Say Forward, I'll March," "She's Got It"). Maria Muldaur's appearance is a real highlight as she colors Julia Lee's "Come On Over To My House" and Bessie Smith's classic "Backwater Blues" with style and attitude. McShann's piano work is intricate and bluesy, and his fingering still evokes his original idol, Earl Hines. I've always thought McShann's vocals a bit nasal, but I can't complain about his performance here.
The CD concludes with an 18-minute interview during which McShann talks about the origination of his nickname "Hootie," Kansas City during the '30s, and Charlie Parker (whom he discovered). A wonderful collection throughout.
Record Label: Stony Plain Records