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Hooties' Blues

Album: Hooties' Blues: A Tribute [Remaster] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Swingmatism
2)    Hootie Blues
3)    Dexter Blues
4)    Vine Street Boogie
5)    Confessin' the Blues
6)    Hold 'Em, Hootie
7)    'Fore Day Rider
8)    So You Won't Jump
9)    Hootie's Ignorant Oil
10)    Lonely Boy Blues
11)    Get Me on Your Mind
12)    Jumpin' Blues, The
13)    Sepian Bounce
14)    You Say Forward, I'll March
15)    Come on Over to My House
16)    Moten Swing
17)    Voodoo Woman Blues
18)    I Want a Little Girl
19)    'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do, Pt. 1 - (Part 1)
20)    McShann Bounce
21)    Spoon Calls Hootie
22)    Hot Biscuits
23)    Buttermilk
24)    Geronimo
25)    Duke and the Brute, The
26)    Reach
27)    Hands Off
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Jay McShann (piano); Jay McShann; Jimmy Witherspoon, Julia Lee, Al Hibbler, Priscilla Bowman, Walter Brown (vocals); Gene Griddins, Gene Griddins (guitar); Clifford Jenkins (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Fats Dennis, Teddy Small, Frank Sleets, Teddy Small, Frank Sleets, Fats Dennis, Tommy Douglas, Clifford Jenkins, Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Bill Goodson, Clairborne Graves, Charlie Thomas , Bill Goodson, Clairborne Graves, Maxwell Davis, Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis (tenor saxophone); Rae Brodely, Rae Brodely (baritone saxophone); Buddy Anderson, Oliver Todd, Clarence Thornton, Forrest Powell, Dave Mitchell , Jesse Jones, Jr., Forest Powell, Rev. Clarence Thornton, Jesse Jones, Dave Mitchell (trumpet); Alonzo Pettiford, Alfonso Fook, Rudy Morrison, Rudy Morrison, Alonzo Pettiford (trombone); Benny Booker (double bass, drums); Lloyd Anderson, Lucky Wesley, Gene Ramsey, Lloyd Anderson (double bass); Cooky Jackson, Cooky Jackson (drums); Lucky Enois, Efferge Ware, Tiny Webb, Louis Speiginer (guitar); Don Hill, John Jackson (alto saxophone); Harold Ferguson, Bob Mabane, Fred Culliver, Seeward Evans, Paul Quinichette, Buddy Floyd (tenor saxophone); James Coe, Milburn Newman (baritone saxophone); Orville Minor, Geechie Smith, Harold Bruce, Willie Cook, Bob Merrill (trumpet); Taswell Baird, Lawrence Anderson (trombone); Percy Gabriel, Gene Ramey, Walter Page, Ralph Hamilton (double bass); Dan Graves, Baby Lovett, Gus Johnson , Pete McShann, Jesse Price, Al Duncan , Jesse Sailes (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Witherspoon, Julia Lee, Al Hibbler, Priscilla Bowman, Walter Brown, Charlie Parker .
  • Audio Remasterer: Martin Haskell.
  • Liner Note Author: Digby Fairweather.
  • Recording information: Chicago, IL (04/30/1941-09/04/1955); Dallas, TX (04/30/1941-09/04/1955); Kansas City, MO (04/30/1941-09/04/1955); Los Angeles, CA (04/30/1941-09/04/1955); New York, NY (04/30/1941-09/04/1955).
  • Few players have so effectively bridged blues and jazz in their careers as pianist Jay McShann, and as this 27-track survey of the first dozen years or so of his remarkable 70-year recording career (McShann died in December of 2006 at the age of 90) makes clear, he had that elegant balance between blues and jazz down from the start. Drawn from 78 rpm singles released between 1941 and 1955 by imprints as varied as Vee Jay, Mercury, SwingTime, Downbeat, Supreme, Decca, and Capitol, this set provides an early blueprint to McShann's Kansas City-style, and it includes his signature tune "Confessin' the Blues" (with a perfect and steady vocal from Walter Brown), the classic "Hootie Blues" (featuring the alto sax of Charlie Parker), the vigorous piano instrumental "Hold 'Em Hootie," all of which date from 1941, and the sleek and propulsive, near rock & roll rendition of "Hands Off" from 1955, complete with an assured vocal from Priscilla Bowman. Seldom have the emotional timelessness of the blues and the restless, wayfaring nature of jazz been welded so effectively together, and in McShann's grasp it's all transformed into a kind of joyful exuberance. A remarkably consistent performer throughout his long career, McShann got it right from the start, and the proof of that is here. ~ Steve Leggett
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