Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Final Album From The Legendary Saxophonist Big Jay McNeely Tells Us "I'm Still Here"

Rhythm & Blues saxophonist Big Jay McNeely had a career that lasted over six decades. He worked with some legendary vocalist like Johnny Otis and Little Sonny Warner and was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame prior to his death last September at the age of 91. He released over 20 albums, with his first release dating back to 1954. Now we can put an exclamation point at the end of his career with the release of his final album titled "I'm Still Here, Big Jay Sings The Blues." It features a dozen tracks that Big Jay McNeely recorded before his passing, which was brought together to create his first true blues album.

The album begins with the great sway of "You Never Miss The Water (Til The Well Runs Dry)," as you will simply fall in love with Big Jay's experienced voice. Next he performs a cover of the traditional blues classic "Baby Please Don't Go" and the swanky, raw appeal of "I'm Still Here." The tempo picks up with the swinging rhythm of "Once I Had A Woman" and "I Love To Feel Free," as you wonder why Big Jay McNeely had to leave, just when his experiences fit the music. To find out more about Big Jay McNeely's final album, please visit bigjaymcneely.bandcamp.com.

1 comment:

Abraham said...

Liking the music- Blues - "The Third Degree" is smooth as silk. - Magic fingers on the guitar.-
I listen to this song all the time, love it.Music