Cat Anderson & The Ellington All Stars

Cat Anderson & the Ellington All Stars in Paris

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Arguably the greatest high-note trumpeter of all time, Cat Anderson was also quite handy with a plunger mute and capable of playing a creative swing solo without any flights into the stratosphere. This Swing LP has a pair of sessions that Cat led while touring Europe with Duke Ellington in 1958 and 1964. Anderson mostly used Duke Ellington sidemen (including either Quentin Jackson or Buster Cooper on trombone, the underrated Russell Procope on alto and clarinet, tenorman Paul Gonsalves on the later date, bassist Jimmy Woode on the earlier session, drummer Sam Woodyard and French musicians in the remaining spots); the great stride pianist Joe Turner (an expatriate) guests on three selections. The music is generally in the world of Duke Ellington although there are also a few spirited dixieland jams (including "Ain't Misbehavin'," an Anderson quartet feature on "I'm Confessin'" and "Muskrat Ramble"). This is a particularly strong collection that was last available as a DRG Lp.