A promising bop trumpeter who took some excellent solos on a few record dates, Doug Mettome never rose above the journeyman state and was underused as a soloist throughout much of his life. He started out on piano before switching to trumpet and played locally in Salt Lake City, including leading his own big band. After serving in the military, Mettome worked with the orchestras of Billy Eckstine (1946-47), Benny Goodman's bebop band (1948-49), Woody Herman's Third Herd (1950-52) and Tommy Dorsey (1953). His solos with Goodman and Sam Most on a couple dates in the 1950s are among the most rewarding of his career. Mettome, who also recorded with Urbie Green and Johnny Richards among others, slipped into obscurity in the late 1950s and was largely forgotten by the time he passed away in 1964 at age 38. Mettome never led a record date of his own.
- By Scott Yanow
All Music Group