Bill Coleman

Really I Do

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This was one of trumpeter Bill Coleman's final recordings (he passed away in Aug. 1981), but there is no hint of his decline on these joyful swing performances. Coleman is teamed up with tenor saxophonist Guy Lafitte (they had recorded together many times previously), pianist Red Richards, bassist Bill Pemberton and drummer Panama Francis for run-throughs of familiar standards such as a heated "Crazy Rhythm," "You've Changed" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," the lesser-known Dickie Wells line "Hello Babe," and two of Coleman's basic originals. The result is an upbeat set of swinging music featuring Bill Coleman in surprisingly good form.

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