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Kansas City Bounce

Jay McShann

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Album Review

1940-1949: Kansas City Bounce is a good introduction to pianist and bandleader Jay McShann. It captures the earliest sides of McShann as a bandleader and spotlights the musicians who recorded with him at the time: Ben Webster, Paul Quinichette, Harold Ashby, and Charlie Parker. These 22 tracks are vintage Decca, Aladdin, and Mercury recordings, including "Swingmatism," "So You Won't Jump," "Hot Biscuits," and "McShann Bounce." This is a great collection on the French label EPM. It may be slightly difficult to obtain but well worth the search.

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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