Cat Anderson, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry (tp), Jimmy Cleveland, Henderson Chambers (tb), Earl Warren, Jimmy Forrest, Ernie Wilkins, Budd Johnson (reeds), Ray Nance (vln), Jimmy Jones (p), George Duvivier, Jimmy Woode (b), Panama Francis, Sam Woodyard (d)
Reference: FSRCD 460
Bar code: 8427328604604
William Alonzo Cat Anderson (19161981) was a musician in the Ellington tradition. He was first trumpet man with Duke for more than twenty years, being best known for his amazingly consistent high-note work. On 'Cat on a Hot Tin Horn,' his first LP as a leader, Cats upper-register is handsomely displayed, along with some brash, bluesy trumpet work and a glimpse of his lyrical qualities. Also on display are his talents as a composer and arranger, along with the redoutable Ernie Wilkins, of a big band, which featured a dazzling all-star group of jazzmen. But as vigorous and technically dazzling as Andersons excursions into the upper register were, they too often overshadowed the fact that he was a trumpet player with a rich and varied palette of expression at his command.
For the second LP included in this CD set, entitled 'Ellingtonia,' Cat assembled some of the finest Ellington musicians. The tunes chosen were in the soft swing vein and done essentially as a tribute to Duke Ellington.
01. Little Man (Anderson) 7:40
02. Cats In The Alley (Anderson 2:24
03. Blue Jean Beguine (Anderson 3:58
04. My Adorable D (Anderson 2:46
05. June Bug (Anderson 3:21
06. Dont Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington-Russell) 2:35
07. Birth Of The Blues (Henderson-Brown-DeSylva) 3:22
08. Youre The Cream In My Coffee (Henderson-Brown-DeSylva) 3:10
09. Nina (Michael-Anderson) 2:35
10. Chelsea Bridge (Strayhorn) 4:18
11. The Mexican Bandit (Ellington) 2:44
12. Lovelinnessence (Ellington) 4:15
13. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Strayhorn) 4:34
14. Between Some Place, Goin No Place (Ellington 3:38
15. Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive (Arlen-Mercer) 3:10
16. Summertime (Gershwin-Heyman) 3:42
17. Like Dig (Ellington) 3:39
Tracks #1-9, from the album "Cat on a Hot Tin Horn" (Mercury MG36142)
Tracks #10-17, from the album "Ellingtonia" (Wynne WLP-107)
Personnel in tracks #1-9:
Cat Anderson, Ernie Royal, Ray Copeland, Reunald Jones, Clark Terry, trumpets; Jimmy Cleveland, Frank Rehak, Henderson Chambers, trombones; Earl Warren, alto sax; Jimmy Forrest, Ernie Wilkins, tenor saxes; Sahib Shihab, baritone sax; Jimmy Jones, piano; George Duvivier, bass; Panama Francis, drums. Arrangements by Cat Anderson and Ernie Wilkins on #6 & 8.
Recorded in New York City, August 23, 1958
Personnel in tracks #10-17:
Cat Anderson, trumpet; Ray Nance, violin; Quentin Jackson, trombone; Budd Johnson, tenor sax & clarinet on #10-13; Rudy Powell, alto sax & clarinet on #14-17; Leroy Lovett, piano; Jimmy Woode, bass; Sam Woodyard, drums.
Recorded in New York City, 1959
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
"Today, Cat Anderson is usually thought of only as one of Duke Ellington's superb high-note trumpeters in the 1940s. But in 1958 and 1959, he recorded as the leader of a big band and a small group of five Ellington members, and both are superb. The albums were Cat on a Hot Tin Horn and Ellingtonia. Arrangements for the former were written by Anderson and the great Ernie Wilkins while the latter were likely handled by Anderson. You'll find them both on 'Cat's in the Alley' (Fresh Sound). To hear just how gifted Wilkins was, sample You're the Cream in My Coffee."
Marc Myers (November 4, 2013)