Jay McShann
Solos and Duets
Sackville 2CD 5012

Jay McShann's horizons are not only unlimited they are multidimensional. He is the complete jazz musician - a man of astonishing sophistication who can also play the funkiest of blues with the utmost conviction.

This two CD set brings together three LPs from the 1970s which illustrate superbly all the attributes of Jay McShann's piano stylings. Over two lengthy evening sessions in 1978 the pianist created the music for two widely different LPs. The blues oriented material was eventually issued as Kansas City Hustle while the remaining material came together as a Tribute to Fats Waller.

Two years later, in August 1980 McShann was reunited with Don Thompson (who was the bassist on the 1972 classic - The Man from Muskogee - Sackville SKCD2-3005 and the Sackville All Stars' Saturday Night Function - Sackville SKCD2-3028) for a session of extended workouts on some of jazz music's most popular standards. Tuxedo Junction, the title selection, salutes Erskine Hawkins. Also recalled are Sir Charles Thompson and Illinois Jacquet (Robbins Nest), Mary Lou Williams (Froggie Bottom), Don Redman (Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You) and Duke Ellington (Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me).

The reissue on CD of these expansive piano performances is long overdue. They have stood the test of time and are a fitting reminder of Jay Mchann's awesome command of both jazz and blues idioms!

This collection includes two previously unissued vocal performances by Jay McShann of Baby Won't You Please Come Home and Keep You Hands Off Her.


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