Friday, May 23, 2008

Mr. Five By Five

Watching this newly posted performance by Jimmy Rushing I was initially struck by his stylistic similarity to fellow native Oklahoman Jay McShann. The uncanny resemblance had never occurred to me. The smoldering piece serves as yet another reminder that Kansas City's musical legacy is deeply rooted in the blues. Need more? Try this joy-inducing video. "I'm kind of plump that's true..."

1 comment:

bgo said...

I'll never forget seeing Mr. 5 by 5when I was just shy of turning 21 years of age at a downtown Jazz event. That was decades ago.

Clark Terry was on stage with him along with Claude Williams, the late Fats Dennis, and not sure who all else. I think Al Grey was up there with them.

He was a revelation live!