Picks and Pans Review: The Last of the Blue Devils
These tracks are played in the style of the ’30s and ’40s but, fortunately, there is no music less perishable than the blues. So pianist-singer McShann and a veteran group including trumpeter Joe Newman, sax men Buddy Tate and Paul Quinichette and bassist Milt Hinton can still offer the freewheeling Kansas City jazz and not sound outdated. With the exception of a couple of seeming lapses of interest by the rhythm section, this is a model of K.C. style, with an especially satisfying version of Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do.