New McKinney's Cotton Pickers

New McKinney's Cotton Pickers

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Nearly 40 years after the McKinney's Cotton Pickers had broken up, a group of Detroit-based musicians formed the New McKinney's Cotton Pickers. They enlisted one of the few surviving members, banjoist Dave Wilborn, to sing with the group; other notable musicians in the 13-piece unit include altoist Ted Buckner, tenor saxophonist George Benson (no relation to the guitarist) and cornetist Tom Saunders. For their first of three LPs for the small Bountiful label, the ensemble revives ten selections associated with either McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Don Redman's writing for Fletcher Henderson or the 1920s in general. Highlights include "I Want a Little Girl," "Stampede," "Static Strut" and "Black Maria" but all of the performances are quite enjoyable. This was one of the best 1920s revival bands to be active in the 1970s.