Bill Coleman

Paris 1936/38

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With the exception of two obscure titles from early 1936, this generous LP (which has an hour's worth of music) contains trumpeter Bill Coleman's first 16 selections as a leader plus two songs apiece in which he is featured with the bands of Alix Combelle and Eddie Brunner. Coleman, a top American swing trumpeter who spent most of the 1930s in Europe (he expatriated permanently to France in the late '40s), is well featured with some of the top European musicians of the era. Among his sidemen are American pianist Herman Chittison, guitarists Django Reinhardt ("Bill Coleman Blues" is a trumpet-guitar duet) and Oscar Aleman, violinist Stephane Grappelli and tenor saxophonist Big Boy Goudie. Bill Coleman is heard at the peak of his powers throughout this exciting swing set with the many highlights including "Joe Louis Stomp," "Coquette," "Indiana," "Swing Guitars," "In Aa Little Spanish Town" and two versions of "After You've Gone." Some of this valuable music has been reissued on CD.