Jack McVea - Rabon Tarrant

The Complete 1944-1952: Volume 1 (1944-1945)

Blue Moon Blues Series

Cappy Oliver, Buster Bailey, Ram Ramirez, Bob Mosely, Frank Clarke

Reference: BMCD 6031


Jack McVea is not a household name; he was a very important figure in the beginning of the Rhythm & Blues style. He played baritone saxophone in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in 1942 when the band recorded "Flying Home", considered to be a foundation of '40s black music. He led one of the West Coast's earliest R&B combos and backed up important artists such as T-Bone Walker and Wynonie Harris. McVea's own "Open The Door, Richard!" created one of the biggest crazes ever to come out of black music in the pre-Rock'n'Roll era. He blew tenor sax alongside Illinois Jacquet at the first 'Jazz At The Philharmonic' in 1944, and he jammed and recorded with Slim Gaillard and Charlie Parker.

For the first time ever, the full body of Jack McVea's (and Rabon Tarrant's) recorded works from 1944 to 1952 are being re-issued on four CD volumes. The discography has been reworked especially for this release and 4 tracks could be added that weren't even known to exist before. The music is good humoured, carried out brilliantly and above all, heavily swinging.


Sample this album
Total time: 62:10 min.

01. Jump Jack
02. Rainy Day Blues
03. New Worried Life Blues
04. Flying (All The Way) Home
05. Rainy Day Blues
06. Ill Be True
07. Dirty Money Blues
08. Silver Symphony
09. New Deal
10. Scrub, Sweep And Mop
11. Fightin Mama Blues
12. Tarrant Blues
13. Were Together Again
14. It Should Never Have Been This Way
15. O-Kay For Baby
16. O-Kay For Baby
17. I Live True To You
18. Blues All Night
19. Naggin Woman Blues
20. Then Ive Got To Go

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