Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

358

Jay McShann: Hootie Blues

By

Sign in to view read count
Okay, it is true that ninety-year-old legend Jay McShann was only 85 when he recorded this live album in early 2001 at the Montreal Bistro in Toronto, intending it for broadcast on CBC Radio. But I think it's safe to conclude that his powers haven't dimished a bit since that event.

McShann (aka Hootie) is a Kansas product who made his name in Wichita and Kansas City in the 1930s and is likely the only survivor of those days. Just consider that among that group were Count Basie and all of his significant players of the day (eg. Lester Young, Dickie Wells, Buck Clayton, Ben Webster), plus Bennie Moten, Mary Lou Williams and, of course, Charlie Parker. This is an amazing collection of colleagues. McShann's partial success during the war years evolved into several decades of inactivity, and when he started recording in the mid-'60s, his skills as a blues pianist (and at that time, a singer) began a revived career.

For the past forty years, McShann has recorded for a number of independent labels like Black & Blue, Classic Jazz, Sackville and Storyville. For this recording, he is joined by Canadian saxophonist Jim Galloway, who has also recorded for Sackville. Galloway is a fine post-war player who appears on soprano and tenor sax here. His wife, Rosemary, is the bassist, and Don Vickery is the drummer.

McShann provides a timeless program of several songs that are very familiar to his fans, like the signatory "Confessin' The Blues" and "Hootie Blues," as well as standards like "Deed I Do" and "All of Me." McShann throws in some strategically placed vocals to remind us of his ease in bridging the barrier between blues and jazz. "When The Lights Go Out" is a perfect example of that distinction.

Galloway's presence adds a most positive aspect to the session. He proves to be the perfect musical foil for McShann with his solos and obbligatos. As a specialist in post-war swing, Galloway meshes well with McShann's style. For historians, the album concludes with a 24-minute interview of Jay McShann at the 2003 North Sea Jazz Festival in which he speaks of his formative years in Wichita and Kansas City and provides lots of anecdotal information.


Track Listing: Confessin' The Blues; Yes Sir;That's My Baby?; When The Lights Go Out; Hootie Blues; My Chile; I'll Catch The Sun; All of Me; Deed I Do; Jay McShann Interview.

Personnel: Jay McShann: piano:vocals; Jim Galloway: soprano and tenor sax; Rosemary Galloway: bass; Don Vickery: drums.

Title: Hootie Blues | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Stony Plain Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Warning: include(/data/websites/jazznearyou.com/www/html/templates/calendar/cal_related_cached.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/websites/allaboutjazz.com/www/html/content/article.php on line 68

Warning: include(): Failed opening '/data/websites/jazznearyou.com/www/html/templates/calendar/cal_related_cached.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php5:/data/websites/allaboutjazz.com/www/html:/usr/share/php') in /home/websites/allaboutjazz.com/www/html/content/article.php on line 68

More Articles

Read Flaneur CD/LP/Track Review Flaneur
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: January 16, 2018
Read D'Agala CD/LP/Track Review D'Agala
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 16, 2018
Read Vertical CD/LP/Track Review Vertical
by Don Phipps
Published: January 16, 2018
Read In Stride CD/LP/Track Review In Stride
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 16, 2018
Read Solid Gold CD/LP/Track Review Solid Gold
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 15, 2018
Read Ts'iibil Chaaltun CD/LP/Track Review Ts'iibil Chaaltun
by Don Phipps
Published: January 15, 2018
Read "Journey To The Mountain Of Forever" CD/LP/Track Review Journey To The Mountain Of Forever
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 17, 2017
Read "Standard Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Standard Blue
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 7, 2017
Read "Verisimilitude" CD/LP/Track Review Verisimilitude
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 1, 2017
Read "Falling Forward" CD/LP/Track Review Falling Forward
by James Nadal
Published: July 27, 2017
Read "Kansas City Here I Come" CD/LP/Track Review Kansas City Here I Come
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: February 10, 2017
Read "Il sistema periodico" CD/LP/Track Review Il sistema periodico
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 27, 2017