Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. Pianist Jay McShann has spent much of his career being classified as a blues pianist when in fact he is a flexible swing stylist. On this excellent release, McShann appears with two groups of all-stars. His original "Crazy Legs and Friday Strut" and "Georgia on My Mind" find him joined by Herbie Mann (on flute and tenor), baritonist Gerry Mulligan and a rhythm section that includes guitarist John Scofield. The other selections (two standards, Duke Ellington's "Blue Feeling" and McShann's own "Jumpin' the Blues") are performed by an octet also featuring Mann, altoist Earle Warren, trumpeter Doc Cheatham, trombonist Dicky Wells and Scofield. The unusual grouping of swing, bop and modern stylists is successful (the material is pretty basic) and Janis Siegel's guest appearance for a vocal duet with McShann on "Ain't Misbehavin'" works.
Jowee Omicil is a jazz artist unlike any you've heard before. He brings a novel and distinctly Afro-Haitian perspective to his music. Omicil's melodic storytelling blends flavors from his Creole roots with gospel, soul, hip-hop and folk, not to mention nods to the masters - from Charlie Parker to Ornette Coleman. Let's BasH!, Omicil's fourth album, is both a cry of war and a declaration of love - but above all, it's a symbol of his mission to expand the popularity of jazz.