Personnel: Cootie Williams (trumpet); Rex Stewart (cornet); Lawrence Brown, J.C. Higinbotham (trombone); Coleman Hawkins, Bud Freeman (tenor saxophone); Hank Jones (piano); Billy Bauer (guitar); Milt Hinton (bass); Gus Johnson (drums).
Personnel: Cootie Williams (trumpet).
Recording information: 04/30/1957/05/07/1957.
This CD reissue from the Spanish Fresh Sound label brings back a fun and unusual Jazztone session. Six distinctive and very different veterans were teamed together: trumpeter Cootie Williams, cornetist Rex Stewart, trombonists Lawrence Brown and J.C. Higginbotham, and the tenors of Coleman Hawkins and Bud Freeman. With pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Billy Bauer, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Gus Johnson providing solid backup and Ernie Wilkins sketching out some arrangements, the unique matchups are very successful. Each of the musicians has an opportunity to be featured and the tradeoffs are quite memorable. A colorful gem. ~ Scott Yanow