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Best known as Fats Waller's guitarist in the 1930s, Al Casey has played for many decades since that time. On this reissue CD, Casey had his first opportunity to lead his own record date in 13 years. Seven performances (including a previously unreleased number and two new alternate takes) match Casey in a quartet with pianist Jay McShann, bassist Roland Lobligeois, and drummer Paul Gunther; "Rosetta" and two versions of "I'm Beginning to See the Light" are most memorable. The other three numbers (which include "Just You, Just Me" and "I Wish I Knew") have Casey, tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb, pianist Milt Buckner, Lobligeois, and drummer Michael Silva joined by the tap dancing of Jimmy Slide. All in all, this set does jump a lot and is a fine example of 1940s-style small group swing that looks toward early R&B.

Biography

Born: 15 September 1915 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Traditional Pop

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

Longtime session guitarist Al Casey is most noted for the records he made with producer Lee Hazlewood, with artists like Duane Eddy and Sanford Clark. He also has made numerous records on his own, reaching his commercial peak in the early 1960s, when a few of his instrumental (or mostly instrumental) surf and R&B-rock singles made the Top 100. In the '60s and '70s, he worked often as a session player in Los Angeles, and was still putting out records under his own name in the '90s. Casey was still...
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Jumpin' With Al (The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions, Bordeaux & Paris, France 1973), Al Casey
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  • 9,90 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1974

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