Goin' to Kansas City [2003]

Goin' to Kansas City [2003]

by Jay McShann


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Jay McShann is one of Kansas City's great treasures, and this disc brings him back to his hometown to record for the first time in almost 50 years, although he's lived there for many decades. Made piecemeal over a few years (although it hangs together so well that you wouldn't know it), these are very definitely the same Kansas City blues that are at the root of music from Charlie Parker and Count Basie. A marvelous, effortless pianist, he seems happiest on material with a strong connection to the blues, like "Kansas City," which comes in two versions, or his very rooted version of "Ain't Nobody's Business." And when he gets to the completely solo "The Fish Fry Boogie," age slips completely from his fingers, with some spirited stride playing and a strong left hand under the dexterous right. The excellent Duke Robillard lends strong support on several tracks on acoustic and electric guitars, Maria Muldaur duets on "Confessin' The Blues," and the great Johnnie Johnson sits in for "Some Kinda Crazy" and one of the versions of "Kansas City," which really catches fire. The whole album is an absolute joy, and covers a lot of ground, including the long interview with McShann that forms the long bonus track -- and includes more of his playing. It's great to know that they can still make blues like this.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Stony Plain Music
UPC: 0772532128629
catalogNumber: 1286
Rank: 89692

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay McShann   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Duke Robillard   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Maria Muldaur   Vocals
Johnnie Johnson   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Little Willie Littlefield   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Duke Robillard   Engineer
Peter Johnson   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Walter Brown   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Porter Grainger   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Neville Pearsall   Engineer
Holger Petersen   Producer,Liner Notes,Interviewer
Ron Ubel   Engineer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Herman Walder   Composer
Everett Robbins   Composer
Leo Corday   Composer
Archie Hall   Composer
Booker T. Washington   Composer

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