Sweets Edison earned his moniker from Lester Young when they
played together in Count Basie's band. A mainstay of the Swing
generation, Edison's economical, perfectly phrased trumpet sound fit in with Bop and West Coast Cool (where Edison became a studio powerhouse after being
handpicked by Frank Sinatra as his main soloist in the early 50s).
Sweets recorded a sterling set of albums on his own, but is best
known for his work with Sinatra, Charlie Parker, Nat Cole, Ben Webster, Quincy
Jones, Ella Fitzgerald and just about every other big name in
mainstream jazz. A great raconteur, Sweets has brightened up countless jazz documentaries and oral histories.