Nothin' Tiny 'Bout "Callin' the Blues"
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 11/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tiny Grimes' 1958 jam session "Callin' The Blues" was a real find. For those of you who don't know this guitarist (I sure didn't when I saw this in the cut-out bin), he was best known in the 40s as a big band player and sometimes leader, and he was given new life in the late 50s with a few records for Prestige and Swingville. Joining Tiny in "Callin' The Blues" are fellow swing era players trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, drummer Osie Johnson and bassist Wendell Marshall, along with pianist Ray Bryant and tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, who both went on to even more successful careers with Prestige. Interested parties should call the blues soon as this disc's going out-of-print."