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Album Review

Trumpeter Cat Anderson had one of his infrequent vacations from Duke Ellington's Orchestra to record this rare and decent small-group swing date. The septet has five of Duke's men (including trombonist Quentin Jackson, violinist Ray Nance, bassist Jimmy Woode and drummer Sam Woodyard) joined by pianist Leroy Lovett and either Rudy Powell or Budd Johnson on reeds. Some original jump tunes alternate with Ellington/Strayhorn ballads ("A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing" and "Chelsea Bridge") and, although nothing too unpredictable occurs, the music should please swing and Ellington collectors.


Born: September 12, 1916 in Greenville, SC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Cat Anderson was arguably the greatest high-note trumpeter of all time. His solo on "Satin Doll" from Duke Ellington's 70th Birthday Concert is a perfectly coherent chorus consisting of notes that are so high that it is doubtful if another trumpeter from all of jazz history could hit more than one or two. He first learned trumpet while at the Jenkins Orphanage in Charleston and toured with the Carolina Cotton Pickers, a group in which he made his recording debut. During 1935-1944, Anderson played...
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