Cootie WILLIAMS – Cootie Williams in Hi Fi 1958

Cootie WILLIAMS – Cootie Williams in Hi Fi 1958
1999 Issue

Jazz

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.
By Cub Koda, All Music Guide.
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George Barnes- (Guitar),
Phil Bodner- (Saxophone),
Hank Jones- (Piano),
Al Sears- (Saxophone),
Cootie Williams- (Trumpet),
Bobby Byrne- (Trombone),
Al Klink- (Saxophone),
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- (Alto Saxophone),
Barry Galbraith- (Guitar),
Leroy Glover- (Organ),
Osie Johnson- (Drums),
Tony Mottola- (Guitar),
Romeo Penque- (Saxophone),
Abraham Richman- (Saxophone),
Boomie Richman- (Saxophone),
Chauncey Welsch- (Trombone),
Dick Hixon- (Bass Trombone),
Larry Dale- (Guitar),
Al Lucas- (Bass),
Stanley Webb- (Saxophone),
Richard Hixon- (Trombone),
David Martin- (Piano),
Eddie Wilcox- (Piano),
Nicholas Ciazza- (Saxophone),
Henry Rowland- (Piano),
Chauncey Welch- (Trombone),
Elwyn Fraser- (Baritone Saxophone),
Phil Barboza- (Trumpet),
Lester Jenkins- (Drums),
Nick Ciaazza- (Saxophone),
Abe Baker- (Bass),
George Clarke- (Saxophone).
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01. Just In Time (Comden, Green, Styne) (3:29)
02. Summit Ridge Drive (Shaw) (3:18)
03. Nevertheless (I’m in Love With You) (Kalmar, Ruby) (3:41)
04. On The Street Where You Live (Lerner, Loewe) (3:28)
05. I’ll See You In My Dreams (Jones, Kahn) (3:20)
06. Contrasts (Dorsey) (2:55)
07. Caravan (Ellington, Mills, Tizol) (3:40)
08. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) (Creamer, Johnson) (2:39)
09. Air Mail Special (Christian, Goodman, Mundy) (3:13)
10. My Old Flame (Coslow, Johnston) (3:40)
11. Swingin’ Down The Lane (Jones, Kahn) (3:24)
12. New Concerto For Cootie (Fraser, Williams) (3:02)
13. Rinky Dink (Allen, Dale, Williams) (2:29)
14. Please Give Your Love To Me (Franklin) (2:29)
15. Block Rock (Fraser, Williams) (2:44)
16. Percy Speaks (Doggett, France) (2.03)
17. Now That You’ve Loved Me (Regney, Regney) (2:08)
18. Blue Sunday (Frisch, Wayne) (2:30)
19. Available Lover (Elias, Joseph, Wilcox) (2:19)
20. It’s All In Your Mind (Blackwell, Burks) (2:22)
21. It Hurts Me (Franklin) (2:34)
22. Rangoon (C. Williams – E. Fraser) (2:09)
23. Boomerang (E. Fraser) (2:34)
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