Jay McShann

Crazy Legs and Friday Strut

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Pianist Jay McShann and tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate are well showcased on this set of duets. Tate leaves his clarinet in the case, and McShann refrains from vocalizing. The results are melodic but swinging instrumental duets, with the emphasis on veteran standards. Highlights of this surprising and successful encounter include "My Melancholy Baby," a three-song "Ellington Medley" and "Rock A Bye Basie."