Timothy "Little" Cooper

Baby, I'm Back

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A veteran harpist of the St. Louis scene, Timothy "Little" Cooper recorded a single in 1959 and then spent the better part of the next three decades away from music, driving a cement truck to earn his living. In 1995, he finally recorded his debut album and the results are worth the wait. Baby, I'm Back consists entirely on originals -- some were co-written -- and Cooper proves that not only is he a sultry harpist, he's a skillful songwriter and an engagingly smooth vocalist. The Drifters are as entertaining, particularly Cooper's brothers Glen and Gene. Glen weaves some great lead lines on his guitar and Gene is a wonderfully laidback pianist, comping and taking solos with equal skill. But the star of the show remains Little Cooper, who can still captivate with his straightforward blues.

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