Callin’ the Blues is an album by guitarist Tiny Grimes with trombonist J. C. Higginbotham recorded in 1958 and released on the Prestige label. The album was subsequently rereleased on Prestige’s Swingville subsidiary label.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
This CD is a straight reissue of the original LP. Guitarist Tiny Grimes, who led three albums for Prestige and Swingville from 1958-59, welcomed two extroverted horn players (tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and veteran trombonist J.C. Higginbotham), plus pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Osie Johnson, to his heated session. The group plays three original blues and “Airmail Special.” Although J.C., who had a long decline, sounds a bit past his prime, plenty of sparks fly throughout the date, particularly from Grimes and Lockjaw.
All compositions by Tiny Grimes except where noted.
“Callin’ the Blues” – 8:42
“Blue Tiny” – 11:34
“Grimes’ Times” – 11:20
“Air Mail Special” (Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Mundy) – 7:33
Tiny Grimes – guitar
J. C. Higginbotham – trombone
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis – tenor saxophone
Ray Bryant – piano
Wendell Marshall – bass
Osie Johnson – drums
Recorded: July 18, 1958
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Producer: Esmond Edwards