The Big Challenge

The Big Challenge is an album by trumpeter Cootie Williams and cornetist Rex Stewart that was recorded in 1957 and released on the Jazztone label.[1]

The Big Challenge
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Studio album by
RecordedApril 30 and May 7, 1957
StudioWebster Hall, New York City, NY
J 1268
ProducerGeorge T. Simon
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]

Scott Yanow of AllMusic states, "a fun and unusual Jazztone session. Six distinctive and very different veterans were teamed together ... the unique matchups are very successful. Each of the musicians has an opportunity to be featured and the tradeoffs are quite memorable. A colorful gem.".[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, Harry James) – 6:06
  2. "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me" (Ellington, Bob Russell) – 4:07
  3. "Alphone and Gaston" (Ernie Wilkins) – 8:29
  4. "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 4:09
  5. "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk) – 4:42
  6. "When Your Lover Has Gone" (Einar Aaron Swan) – 5:08
  7. "I Knew You When" (Rex Stewart) – 4:42
  • Recorded at Webster Hall in NYC on April 30 (tracks 1-3) and May 6 (tracks 4-7), 1957



  1. ^ London Jazz Collector: American 50’s Record Clubs: Jazztone, accessed December 4, 2018
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Cootie Williams: The Big Challenge – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved December 4, 2018.