Jay McShann – Best Of Friends – Special Guest Al Casey
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1. Going to Kansas City - 4:32 2. Honky Tonk Train - 4:28 3. Lady Be Good - 6:54 4. Hello Little Girl - 4:20 5. One Sweet Blues - 5:08 6. Anything - 3:22 7. 'Deed I Do - 4:13 8. Rosetta - 5:46 9. How Deep Is the Ocean - 4:26 10. One O'Clock Jump - 4:34
Jay McShann (piano, vocals on 1,4) , Al Casey (guitar) , Kenny Baldock (bass) , Robin Jones (drums)
1. AllMusic - Jason Thurston
As Jay McShann’s bouncy, almost mischievous, piano tickling style contains echoes of his contemporary, the great Fats Waller, it’s fitting that for a golden years recording in 1982, he would tap Waller’s guitar player, Al Casey, as part of his combo. Casey’s flirtatious, engaging guitar plays perfect counterpoint to McShann’s agile flourishes and rolls. McShann’s bluesy, slightly breezy voice pops in on a couple of tracks, including his spry rendition of “Going to Kansas City.”
- including a brisk 13 minutes of "Lover Come Back" -- are excellent, double takes and all, but "G Baby" is worth the price of admission all by itself.