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McKinney's Cotton Pickers

McKinney's Cotton Pickers
Formed: 1926
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Disbanded: 1934
Genre: Jazz
Group Members: Sidney DeParis, Rex Stewart, Todd Rhodes, Don Redman, Benny Carter, Doc Cheatham, Ed Cuffee, Langston Curl, Leonard Davis, Claude Jones, ...See All
Biography: William McKinney was a drummer who by 1923 had retired from playing in favor of conducting and managing a big band. In 1926 his outfit became known as McKinney's Cotton Pickers, and the following year they scored a major coup by hiring arranger/altoist/vocalist Don Redman away from Fletcher Henderson. ...Read full biography
1928-1929
Released: 1991
Label: Classics
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This is the first of three Classics CDs featuring all of the master takes by McKinney's Cotton Pickers, one of the finest big bands of the late '20s. The inventive arrangements of leader Don Redman (who ...Read full review
The Complete McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Vol. 1-2
Released: 1997
Label: BMG
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During 1979-1984 on three double LPs, French RCA (in their Jazz Tribune series) reissued the complete output of McKinney's Cotton Pickers (one of the great big bands of the 1928-1931 period). All of the ...Read full review
More McKinney's Cotton Pickers albums: Compilations (15)