When Alto Was King
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This is journeyman alto saxophonist C.I. Williams' first album as a leader in 25 years. Essentially a swing player with deep roots in the blues, Williams has a rich, languorous tone reminiscent of Johnny Hodges. This is most evident on a handful of straight-out blues, including two originals and the Ellington/Hodges classic "Jeep's Blues." Williams receives excellent support here from veterans like Keter Betts, Jimmy Cobb, Ed Cherry, and Larry Willis. Although the song selection skews toward the too-familiar — "Misty," "Round Midnight," "Lover Man," "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" — this superb-sounding album is a fitting showcase for Williams' alto talents.
Years Active: '90s
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||I'll Close My Eyes||When Alto Was King||5:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Jeep's Blues||When Alto Was King||6:55||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Punkin Juice||When Alto Was King||5:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||'Round Midnight||When Alto Was King||8:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Catfish Sammich||When Alto Was King||4:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Precious Lord||When Alto Was King||2:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Misty||When Alto Was King||5:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to||When Alto Was King||5:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Because of You||When Alto Was King||3:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lover Man||When Alto Was King||6:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|