Cootie Williams & His Orchestra

1945-1946

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Having already starred in both Ellington's and Goodman's bands, trumpeter Cootie Williams marked the '40s with a slew of sides featuring his own big band and a variety of combos. His fiery, Armstrong-inspired blowing always was full of narrative wit, and this mighty horn package is certainly on display on Classics' chronological roundup of some of Williams' 1945-1946 sides. Still a bit shy of later R&B-styled work, Williams swings nicely on standouts like "Juice Head Baby," "Jumping to Conclusions," and "Echoes of Harlem." The supporting cast may not be star studded -- save for a young Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson -- but the playing is all top-notch and Williams certainly delivers more than just a few meaty solos. A choice collection best suited to dedicated listeners.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:58
2 3:13
3 3:06
4 2:49
5 2:37
6 3:10
7 3:15
8 2:52
9 2:44
10 2:53
11 2:59
12
2:53
13
2:38
14 2:59
15 2:58
16 2:58
17 3:12
18 2:45
19 3:08
20 3:02
21 3:05
22 2:34
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