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Swingin' the Blues

Claude WilliamsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bullseye Blues
  • ASIN: B00003TFM7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(1999 'Bullseye Blues') (61:50/10) Bluesiges, nahezu sentimentales Jazzalbum des 92-jährigen(!) Violinisten und Gitarristen, der 1929 erste Aufnahmen machte und von Count Basie bis Jay McShann mit vielen namhaften Größen des Jazz gearbeitet hat / a very bluesy jazz album featuring the 92-year-old veteran. He has worked with the greatest in jazz, from Count Basie to Jay McShann. CLAUDE WILLIAMS - vln/voc, JOE COHN - gtr, HENRY BUTLER - pno, BOBBY WATSOn - alto, KETER BETTS - bass, JIMMY LOVELACE - drums.

Seven decades after he made his recording debut with Andy Kirk's 12 Clouds of Joy, jazz violinist Claude "Fiddler" Williams is still swingin' the blues. Williams, who was born in Oklahoma, played guitar with Count Basie in Kansas City in the 1930s. (His replacement was Freddie Green.) In the 1970s, he enjoyed a comeback working with Jay McShann. On this easygoing standards session, Williams is joined by mainstream jazz vets Keeter Betts on bass, Jimmy Lovelace on drums, and Joe Cohn (son of Al) on guitar, plus the amazingly versatile New Orleans pianist Henry Butler and guest saxophonist Bobby Watson. Williams's intonation is a bit shaky at times but he maintains his upbeat phrasing and effortless sense of swing. This style of African-American jazz fiddling not only predates Stephane Grappelli with the Hot Club of France, it also provided the jumping-off point for Western swing. --Rick Mitchell

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I just saw Mr. Williams play last night, which is when I bought this album. He is 92 years old, (looks about 60 though!) has a new CD out, and plays with a graceful jazz fiddle style that is like no other. What an inspiration he is. This CD is truly enjoyable, full of classics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Claude Williams always swung the blues September 15, 2012
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Claude Williams' Swinging the Blues on Bullseye Blues & Jazz, is certainly a release for loves of blues-laced, swinging jazz. Williams' recording career goes back to the twenties when he was with Andy Kirk's Clouds of Joys. A member of Count Basie's Band when Basie left Kansas City, he was replaced as guitarist by Freddie Greene. He can be heard on some radio airchecks of the Basie Band.

In more recent years, his recordings with Jay MacShann on a Canadian album, The Man From Muskogee, helped lead to a revival in his career. Today he no longer doubles on guitar and fiddle, sticking to the latter, and in recent years he has produced a number of highly regarded albums for Progressive and Arhoolie, among other labels. He also was a recipient of a Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Swinging the Blues finds him backed by a terrific band that includes pianist Henry Butler and the great bassist Keter Betts. They play a wonderful collection of ballads and blues including Duke Ellington's blues Things Ain't What They Used to Be, the classic Kansas City rearranging of You're Driving Me Crazy - Moten Swing, the classic blues ballad, Gee Baby Ain't I Good to you along with a wonderful rendition of These Foolish Things.

Over 90, Claude Williams shows no signs of slowing down, and with the terrific combo here, has produced a delightful recording.

I wrote this review back in 2000, probably for the DC Blues Calendar the DC Blues Society newsletter. I am posting this to my blog, [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best swing/ jazz fiddle I've ever heard April 21, 2000
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Williams is to the violin what Django Reinheart was to the guitar. His playing is easy-going but passionate, complex and interesting but still catchy enough to make the melody stick in your head. I only hope I get to see him live before he goes off to the great concert hall in the sky - the guy is in his 90's and still amazing.
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