McKinney's Cotton Pickers: Never Swat A Fly - Their 26 Finest 1928-1930
A CD that should be in every jazz collection: the cream of the wonderful band called “McKinney’s Cotton Pickers” – 26 vintage jazz classics.
American drummer Bill McKinney (1895-1969) would not get a mention in any list of great jazz musicians, and didn’t even play on the series of recordings made between 1928 and 1930 by “McKinney’s Cotton Pickers.” But any jazz critic will tell you that these are among the classics of jazz. Thanks to the inspired leadership of Don Redman, and the contributions of an extraordinary line-up of instrumental ‘greats’ – Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Rex Stewart, Fats Waller and others – they are a delight from start to finish.
Never Swat A Fly (the title of a zany De Sylva, Brown & Henderson number) is Retrospective’s selection of the 26 finest of these remarkable discs, from the first sessions in July 1928 (Four Or Five Times), through the amazing 1929 band with its incredible sax section of Don Redman, Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins, to their biggest hit If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight in 1930, and the group’s final flourish (You’re Driving Me Crazy).