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Jay McShann: Still Jumpin’ the Blues

Jay McShann, 83-years-young, is Still Jumpin’ the Blues (Stony Plain 1254; 64:28). Produced with a loving hand by Duke Robillard, this followup to their 1996 collaboration, Hootie’s Jumpin’ Blues, has a distinctly swinging Basie-esque feel to it. Backed by a crew of young turks with a real feel for Kansas City roots, McShann plays, sings and swings with ageless verve on evergreens like “Goin’ to Chicago,” “Moten Swing,” “Sunny Side of the Street” and “Trouble In Mind.” Singer Maria Muldaur guests on “Come On Over to My House” and “Backwater Blues.” For a bonus, there is an 18-minute interview with McShann conducted by co-producer Holger Petersen.

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