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Kansas City Memories (1970-1973) [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions]

Jay MacShann & Milt Buckner

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Jay McShann and Milt Buckner join forces for this CD compilation of two earlier Black & Blue LPs recorded in the early 1970s. While McShann is indelibly associated with both blues and boogie-woogie, Buckner is better known as the swing pianist and organist who popularized the locked-hands style of playing adopted by many later keyboardists. Unfortunately, these sessions aren't nearly as successful, since the two players don't really complement one another's playing all that well. That's not to say the music (which primarily consists of originals by McShann) isn't enjoyable. Buckner seems more at home on organ in the up-tempo blues "My Chile," which also adds guitarist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb. Buckner returns to piano for the soulful "T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," with Al Casey taking over on guitar. But the sessions clearly would have worked even better had McShann been the sole pianist.

Biography

Born: 12 January 1916 in Muskogee, OK

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The great veteran pianist Jay McShann (also known as Hootie) enjoyed a long career and it is unfair to primarily think of him as merely the leader of an orchestra that featured a young Charlie Parker. He was mostly self-taught as a pianist, worked with Don Byas as early as 1931 and played throughout the Midwest before settling in Kansas City in 1936. McShann formed his own sextet the following year and by 1939 had his own big band. In 1940 at a radio station in Wichita, KS, McShann and an octet out...
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Kansas City Memories (1970-1973) [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions], Jay MacShann
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Blues
  • Released: 1973

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