Formed by broadcaster Alyn Shipton and German saxophonist Matthias Seuffert in 2004, the Buck Clayton Legacy Band features music written and arranged by the great swing trumpeter. Buck Clayton (1911-1991) was the star of Count Basie s band in the 1930s and 1940s, took his own band to China before World War 2, and in the 1950s and 60s became synonymous with the swing jam session. In later life, he retired from playing the trumpet, and reinvented himself as a bandleader and arranger. He wrote his autobiography in the 1980s, and on his death left a box of music to Shipton who had published the book, with a note saying You ve kept my memory alive with the book, now maybe you can do the same with my music? This CD is the result eight of Buck s compositions, written between the 50s and the 80s, and featuring his inimitable mix of swing, style and wit. Together, the band blends brilliantly to play this music in a style that pays homage to Clayton s great touring groups of the past, but retains its own contemporary feel. Recorded live at the Sage, Gateshead, during the 2011 Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Released by arrangement with BBC Music.
'...the Basie trumpeter's work is safe in the hands of a sleek nonet' --The Sunday Times
The great swing trumpeter Buck Clayton, who died in 1991, left a box of his compositions to Alyn Shipton, the man who had published his autobiography. He hoped they might help keep his memory alive. It took 20 years to happen, but this nine-piece band is the result. Co-led by Alyn Shipton on bass and German saxophonist Matthias Seuffert, and with the remarkable Dutch trumpeter Menno Daams playing Buck's part, it's a kind of living, pop-up memorial, playing concerts and festivals around Britain and Europe. This set, recorded live at the Sage Gateshead, catches the exhilarating sound to perfection. FOUR STARS --Observer