Jay McShann Trio: Hootie!
Flip Phillips makes his presence known on three of the cuts but none shows off his tenor more then the head arrangement, "Flippin the Blues". Not only are Flip's saxy ruminations a joy to listen to, but McShann and consummate bassist Keter Betts take it upon themselves to engage in a blues conversation making this track one of the highlights of the album.
Long time member of the Ray Charles' organization, Texas tenor David "Fathead" Newman goes two for two with the McShann tunes he's up at bat for - and both hits are home runs. The interplay between McShann and Newman on "Moanin' Blues" is even more incredible if it is unrehearsed as advertised, as Newman engages McShann with lengthy quotes from "Things Ain't What They Used to Be". But these guys have been playing this music for so long, they probably wouldn't know what to do at a rehearsal. When the CD was recorded, McShann was 81, Philips 82 (!), with Woods and Newman just a couple of kids at 65 and 64, respectively, and none of them have lost a beat. Jazz lovers must listen to a CD like this every now and then just to be reminded how jazz is supposed to be played.
Tracks:Cruisin' the Blues; Moonlight in Vermont; Kewpie Doll*; Yardbird Suite*; Medley: You're Driving Me Crazy/Moten Swing; Flippin' the Blues#; All of Me#; As Time Goes By#; Sweet Georgia Brown#; My Chile; Forward March; Crazy Legs and Friday Strut+; Moanin' Blues+; Closing
Personnel: Jay McShann - Piano/Vocals; Keter Betts - Bass; Jackie Williams - Drums; Phil Woods* - Alto Saxophone; Flip Phillips# - Tenor Saxophone; David Newman+ - Tenor Saxophone
Record Label: Chiaroscuro Records