McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues

McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues

by Jack McVeaJack McVea


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Jack McVea sports a jacket, tie, and spectacles on the cover of McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues, looking more like a professor than a saxophonist. While he is most certainly the latter, his debonair appearance does mirror the smooth, elegant style of his horn. McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues captures the tenor/alto player in 1945 in a number of settings that mostly emphasize his R&B work. The other central figure of this disc is drummer/vocalist Rabon Tarrant, who joins McVea on 13 of the 23 tracks. Tarrant's powerful vocals on pieces like "Listen Baby Blues" and "Blues All Night" provide an agreeable contrast to McVea's silky saxophone. There's a bouncy take on "The 'G' Man Got the 'T' Man" with singer Cee Pee Johnson and a bizarre, risqué piece titled "Wiggle Wiggle Woogie" with singer Duke Henderson. Although the singers and personnel vary quite a bit, the material gels together into a pretty uniform set. There are also three instrumentals -- one kicking off the album, the other two ending it -- that allow McVea a little more room to strut his stuff. In another year, the saxophonist would strike gold with "Open the Door, Richard" and forever be associated with R&B as opposed to jazz. McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues offers a fine assortment of the saxophonist's early R&B work.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2002
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153075620
catalogNumber: 756
Rank: 141615

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack McVea   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wynonie Harris   Vocals
Charles Mingus   Bass
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Phillips   Guitar
Wilbert Barranco   Piano
Teddy Buckner   Trumpet
Frank Clarke   Bass
Karl George   Trumpet
Jewell L. Grant   Alto Saxophone
Edward Hale   Alto Saxophone
Shifty Henry   Bass
George "Happy" Johnson   Trombone
Bob Mosley   Piano
Gene Porter   Clarinet
Rabon Tarrant   Drums,Vocals
William B. Woodman   Tenor Saxophone
Duke Henderson   Vocals
Wild Bill Moore   Tenor Saxophone
Dale Russell   Bass
Lee Young   Drums
Earl Brooks   Piano
Cee Pee Johnson   Vocals
R.J. Ross   Drums
Jimmy Shackleton   Piano

Technical Credits

Frank Driggs   Liner Notes
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Bob Koester   Producer,Liner Notes
Duncan P. Schiedt   Cover Photo
Steve Wagner   Producer

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