Bill Coleman

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Although trumpeter Bill Coleman was somewhat forgotten in the United States when he permanently moved to France in 1948, he still had over 30 years of excellent music making ahead of him. This 1993 CD reissue brings back the music originally recorded for an LP by the British 77 label. Coleman teams up with three French musicians (trombonist Francois Guin, pianist Michael Garret and bassist Jean-Francois Cotorie), and expatriate drummer Art Taylor for a set of swing standards. Coleman is heard throughout in top form and the trumpet/trombone frontline works quite well. Highlights include "For Me and My Gal," "I Ain't Got Nobody," "Rosetta" and "I Believe in Miracles" (an offbeat selection that Fats Waller had recorded decades earlier). This is one of the few later Bill Coleman sessions available on CD. Recommended.

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