McKinney's Cotton Pickers

1928-1929

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This is the first of three Classics CDs featuring all of the master takes by McKinney's Cotton Pickers, one of the finest big bands of the late '20s. The inventive arrangements of leader Don Redman (who also plays alto and clarinet in addition to taking some vocals) are even better than the individual solos. Highlighted by such numbers as "Four or Five Times," "Milenberg Joys," "Cherry," "Don't Be Like That," "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder," and a surprisingly hard-swinging version of "It's a Precious Little Thing Called Love," the Cotton Pickers feature tight ensembles, spirited vocals, and concise, hot solos. All three of their Classics CD's are well worth picking up.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:48
2 2:39
3 3:03
4 2:54
5 3:35
6 2:25
7 2:47
8 2:34
9 2:33
10 2:56
11 2:56
12 2:37
13 3:10
14 2:41
15 2:42
16 2:48
17 2:42
18 3:19
19 3:10
20 3:18
21 2:32
22 2:42
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