Jay McShann

McShann's Piano

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Jay McShann's first recording in a decade (and first official full-length LP) is a fine showcase for the pianist, who takes vocals on three of the 11 selections. McShann is accompanied by guitarist Chuck Norris, electric bassist Ralph Hamilton and either Paul Gunther or Jesse Price on drums. The material is mostly blues-oriented (including "Vine Street Boogie," "Confessin' The Blues" and "Dexter Blues"), although there are a few departures, including "Yardbird Waltz," "Moten Swing" and "The Man from Muskogee." Throughout, McShann's blend of swing, stride, boogie and blues is quite appealing, making one wish that this worthy LP was reissued on CD.