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Charles Melvin (“Cootie”) Williams (July 24, 1910 - September 15, 1985) was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter.

He rose to prominence as a member of Duke Ellington’s orchestra, with which he performed from 1929 to 1940. He also recorded his own sessions during this time, both freelance and with other Ellington sidemen. In 1940 he joined Benny Goodman’s orchestra, then in 1941 formed his own orchestra, in which over the years he employed Charlie Parker, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Bud Powell, Eddie Vinson, and other important young players.

He began to play more rhythm and blues in the late 1940s. In the 1950s he toured with small groups and fell into obscurity. In 1962 he rejoined Ellington and stayed with the orchestra till 1974, after Ellington’s death.

Cootie Williams was renowned for his use of the plunger mute, and is reputed to have inspired Wynton Marsalis’s use of it.

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  • albertovilaorti

    Mientras escribo estas líneas estoy escuchando los registros que hizo Cootie Williams bajo su nombre entre 1946 y 1949. Antes anduve recorriendo lo que hizo dentro de los "grupos" que se formaban con los músicos de Ellington. Cootie nació en 1910 y murió en 1985. Tanto Cootie como Buck Clayton se los recuerda sobre todo por lo que hicieron con Ellington y con Basie respectivamente. Claro que son cosas muy bellas y para recordar. Pero también trabajaron en lo suyo y lo hicieron muy bien. El solo de Williams en "I Can`t Get Started" es estupendo. Al recorrer los nombres del personal de su orquesta de esos años uno toma conciencia de todos aquellos que son practicamente ignorados en la historia del jazz. Creo que se trata de algo injusto, pero mo podemos hacer nada al respecto. Solamente escucharlos con el mayor respeto. Gary Vila Ortiz. Rosario. Argentina.

    16 Mar 2010 Reply