Album Details

September 05, 1994

Album Review

Violinist Claude Williams, at the age of 86, shows that he is still in his musical prime during this quintet date with Bill Easley (who switches between tenor, clarinet and flute), pianist Sir Roland Hanna, bassist Earl May and drummer Joe Ascione. Williams was with both Andy Kirk and Count Basie shortly before they made it big but has spent most of his long career in Kansas City in obscurity. Fortunately he has made several worthy recordings in his later years and this is one of his best, a well-rounded set ranging in repertoire from one of the first songs he ever learned ("You've Got to See Your Mama Ev'ry Night or You Can't See Mama at All") to Ellington, Monk ("Straight No Chaser") and even Stevie Wonder ("You Are the Sunshine of My Life"). The emphasis is on swing and Claude Williams is heard near the peak of his powers.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Limehouse Blues
  2. Laura
  3. You've Got to See Mamma Ev'ry Night (Or You Can't See Mamma at All)
  4. I've Got the World on a String
  5. Mood Indigo
  6. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
  7. Just You, Just Me
  8. Mean to Me
  9. Lester Leaps In
  10. My Buddy
  11. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  12. Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)
  13. Straight, No Chaser
  14. I Want You, I Need You