(2002) Mcvoutie's Central Avenue Blues

Jack Mcvea

... read moreJack 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...

01:10′:50″ 23 Songs

1
Jack Mcvea
O-Kay For Baby
3:06
2
Jack Mcvea
Listen Baby Blues
3:07
3
Jack Mcvea
Opus Boogie
3:05
4
Jack Mcvea
It Never Should Have Been This Way
2:51
5
Jack Mcvea
Gone With The Wind
2:44
6
Jack Mcvea
Baby Look At You
3:07
7
Jack Mcvea
Don't Blame Me
3:29
8
Jack Mcvea
Boulevard Boogie
2:50
9
Jack Mcvea
Blues This Morning
2:58
10
Jack Mcvea
We're Together Again
3:25
11
Jack Mcvea
Naggin' Woman Blues
3:28
12
Jack Mcvea
The G Man Got The T Man
3:11
13
Jack Mcvea
Tarrant Blues
2:38
14
Jack Mcvea
Blues All Night
3:23
15
Jack Mcvea
I Live True To You
3:06
16
Jack Mcvea
B Flat Boogie
2:17
17
Jack Mcvea
Then I've Got To Go
3:22
18
Jack Mcvea
I've Be True
3:17
19
Jack Mcvea
Wiggle Wiggle Woogie
2:49
20
Jack Mcvea
Love Will Get You Down
3:04
21
Jack Mcvea
Hey Hey Hey Baby
3:15
22
Jack Mcvea
Don't Blame Me (Alternate)
3:11
23
Jack Mcvea
O-Kay For Baby (Alternate)
3:07
Released 05 August 2002, ℗ Delmark

Review

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. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.