Jay McShann

Havin' Fun

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The team of pianist-vocalist Jay McShann and bassist Major Holley was very natural. Their 1986 engagement at Toronto's Café des Copains was the first time they had worked together in years, but the spontaneity adds to the fun of the music. Holley contributes swinging and witty basslines along with occasional bowed solos (singing along with his bass), while McShann plays and sings more standards and less blues than usual. The great deal of joy in this collaboration can be heard in such songs as "Jumpin' the Blues," "Margie," "Lullaby of Birdland," and McShann's lengthy "Sometimes I Wonder."

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