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Cootie Williams in Hi Fi

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
With the possible exception of cornball trumpeter Clyde McCoy, nobody could impart humanistic sounds to a plunger mute like Cootie Williams. Certainly nobody could make a trumpet growl like he did, full of feral shrieks and blasts and vocal tones galore. As a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra during its heyday, Williams was big enough potatoes that when he left Ellington to join up with Benny Goodman in the early '40s, it prompted a tune titled "When Cootie Left the Duke." No two ways about it, the man could blow. As part of the 100th birthday celebration of all things Ellington, RCA is reissuing all the solo projects done by his famous sidemen. This 12-song album from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
With the possible exception of cornball trumpeter Clyde McCoy, nobody could impart humanistic sounds to a plunger mute like Cootie Williams. Certainly nobody could make a trumpet growl like he did, full of feral shrieks and blasts and vocal tones galore. As a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra during its heyday, Williams was big enough potatoes that when he left Ellington to join up with Benny Goodman in the early '40s, it prompted a tune titled "When Cootie Left the Duke." No two ways about it, the man could blow. As part of the 100th birthday celebration of all things Ellington, RCA is reissuing all the solo projects done by his famous sidemen. This 12-song album from 1958 -- appended with 11 more that appeared as singles from the year before -- shows that Williams' broad style was still mightily intact some 30 years after joining the Ellington fold. Unlike the other Ellington sidemen projects in this series, Williams performs on Cootie Williams in Hi-Fi with a full-blown big band, turning in swinging readings of such chestnuts as "Just in Time," "Summit Ridge Drive," and "My Old Flame." Oddly, these big-band sides don't honor the Duke musically except when Cootie and the band tackle old favorites like "Caravan." The non-album tracks are a varied lot. "Rinky Dink" sounds like a Bill Doggett outtake and features some uncharacteristically bluesy rock & roll guitar from Kenny Burrell!; other tracks skirt the place where blues and R&B meet jazz, at the end of a dark alley. But just listen to that closing blast from Williams on "New Concerto for Cootie," which officially closed the original LP, and you'll know that Cootie Williams remained a Duke man to the end.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266356126
  • Catalog Number: 63561

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cootie Williams Primary Artist, Trumpet, Leader
George Barnes Guitar
Phil Bodner Saxophone, Track Performer
Hank Jones Piano
Al Sears Saxophone
Bobby Byrne Trombone
Al Klink Saxophone, Track Performer
Lou McGarity Trombone
Lou Stein Piano
Don Lamond Drums
Eddie Safranski Bass
Skeeter Best Guitar
Robert Byrne Trombone
Abie Baker Bass
Everett Barksdale Guitar
George Berg Saxophone
Preston Brown Organ
Billy Byers Trombone
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Rupert Cole Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Leroy Glover Organ
Osie Johnson Drums
Tony Mottola Guitar
Romeo Penque Saxophone, Track Performer
Abraham Richman Saxophone, Track Performer
Boomie Richman Saxophone
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Dick Hixon Bass Trombone
Larry Dale Guitar
Al Lucas Bass
Stanley Webb Saxophone, Track Performer
Richard Hixon Trombone
David Martin Piano
Eddie Wilcox Piano
Nicholas Ciazza Saxophone
Henry Rowland Piano
Elwyn Fraser Saxophone, Baritone, Track Performer
Phil Barboza Trumpet
Lester Jenkins Drums
Nick Ciaazza Saxophone
Abe Baker Bass
Hi-Fi Track Performer
George Clarke Saxophone
Technical Credits
Harold G. Hagopian Producer
Griffin Norman Artwork
Steve Gates Producer
Hsi-Ling Chang Engineer
David Neidhart Art Direction
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