Cootie Williams in Hi Fi

Cootie Williams in Hi Fi

by Cootie Williams


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Cootie Williams in Hi Fi

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/1999
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266356126
catalogNumber: 63561

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cootie Williams   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Leader
George Barnes   Guitar
Phil Bodner   Saxophone,Track Performer
Hank Jones   Piano
Sears   Saxophone
Bobby Byrne   Trombone
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
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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