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Three Classic Albums Plus (Songs For Swingers / Buck Meets Ruby / Harry Edison Swings Buck Clayton) (Digitally Remastered)
 
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Three Classic Albums Plus (Songs For Swingers / Buck Meets Ruby / Harry Edison Swings Buck Clayton) (Digitally Remastered)

22 Aug 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 22 Aug 2011
  • Label: AVID Entertainment
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 AVID Ltd
  • Total Length: 2:37:16
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  • ASIN: B005J1NBFQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,975 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Gibbons TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Sep 2011
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At the centre of this double CD is the 'Songs for Swingers' session recorded by Columbia in 1958 and, apart from its appearance as part of a Mosaic box set, vitually unobtainable since its first release. It is one of Buck Clayton's very finest albums. His arrangements are excellent and his trumpet work quite superb. The entire front line are Basie alumni and, from having played together for many years, form a wonderfully integrated ensemble. Emmett Berry is an ideal trumpet partner to Buck. Dicky Wells plays some superb solos and Buddy Tate's tenor is continually inventive. Earl Warren's alto and clarinet are a delight. The rhythm section of Al Williams, Gene Ramey and Herbie Lovelle swings like mad and is never overpowering. This is, without doubt, one of the finest albums from the mainstream revival and an essential companion to Buck's better known 'Jam Session' dates.

The jam session tracks recorded 'live' at Newport in 1956, although not so outstanding, are thoroughly enjoyable. Clayton plays well, Coleman Hawkins is at his angular best, and J.J. Johnson's trombone thoroughly enjoyable. Dick Katz's piano is surprisingly inventive and Gus Johnson and Benny Moten, on drums and bass respectively, accompany well but are somewhat lacking in drive and fexibility.

The session with Ruby Braff is somewhat low key. It opens with a beautiful extended version of 'I Can't Get Started' where both trumpets play so inventively as to almost eradicate memories of Bunny Berigan's classic recording for Victor. The other tracks are pleasant but, ultimately, enjoyable rather than inspired. However Buddy Tate and Benny Morton play well and, even if the rhythm section sounds uninspired, this Vanguard album was well worth salvaging from the vaults.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Sep 2011
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This 2-CD set features a 1954 Vanguard ten-incher "Buck Meets Ruby" (Braff), the first sides from two LPs, namely the 1956 Buck Clayton All-Stars at Newport and the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival All Stars, and two 1958 albums, Harry Edison Swings Buck Clayton & Vice Versa, and Songs for Swingers. This is a bit of a dog's breakfast, for reasons I'll come on to, but including the fact that it's rounded off with two half-albums rather than a fourth complete one.

Taking the albums in the order in which they occur, Songs for Swingers comprises four of Buck's compositions and four standards. The rhythm section is flawless, Emmett Berry shares trumpet duties with Buck, and Dickie Wells and Earl Warren complete the front line. There's plenty of good tight ensemble playing, but everyone gets an individual bite of the cherry. I particularly like the energetic treatment of "Sunday", a number first popularised by Paul Whiteman.

At the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival Buck teamed up with Coleman Hawkins and J. J. Johnson, and the three numbers from the album sound somewhat more impromptu, but the excitement of the live performance was well captured for posterity. The title in the tracklist refers erroneously to Duke Ellington, because the pianist is Dick Katz. The first CD closes with an extended rendition of "I Can't Get Started" from the Braff album, the remaining three tracks of which kick off the second CD. As mentioned in the liner note, the balance could have been better, but that doesn't detract from the quality of the playing.

Buck and Sweets Edison, his fellow trumpeter in the pre-war Basie band, teamed up in 1958, with a band that included Jimmy Forrest on tenor and Freddie Green on guitar (the latter mentioned in the original sleeve note but not credited in the line-up).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By niton jazz on 24 Jun 2012
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There is only one word for this record - WONDERFULL - missed it when they came out on LP now got all at a wonderfull price.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. Gendle on 24 Dec 2011
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A bargain!! 2 CDs for under 5 recalling some of the best of mainstream jazz. The Buddy Tate group was greatly and rightly praised when it appeared as an LP. Ruby Braff rarely made a poor record nor did Harry Edison. Buck Clayton is not merely the link through the 2 CDs but is one of its stars.
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