Bill Coleman

The Great Parisian Session

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The talented swing trumpeter Bill Coleman spent much of his career living in Europe which has resulted in him being underrated in jazz history books. He recorded fairly frequently as a leader in the 1950s for Phillips and Columbia. This Brunswick set (originally titled From Boogie to Funk) has been reissued as a French Polydor CD, then was reissued again in 2001 under the original title. Coleman used several American musicians who were touring Europe with Quincy Jones' Orchestra at the time: trombonist Quentin Jackson, tenor saxophonist Budd Johnson, pianist Patti Bown, bassist Buddy Catlett, drummer Joe Harris and (on two of the five numbers) guitarist Les Spann. The band performed five of Coleman's blues-oriented originals including the 16-minute "From Boogie to Funk," "Afromotive in Blue" and "Have Blues, Will Play 'Em." This is an excellent set, making one wish that the trumpeter's other recordings from the 1950s and '60s were also readily available.

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