All Star Swing Sessions

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bud Freeman is heard with three separate small groups on the All Star Swing Sessions compilation. He's paired with Shorty Baker and Claude Hopkins for the first eight tracks, including swinging treatments of standards like "Love Me or Leave Me" and "But Not for Me," plus originals composed by the group for the sessions, such as the snappy "Hector's Dance" and the sassy "Shorty's Blues." Freeman's work on tenor sax is smooth as silk, while Baker primarily sticks to muted trumpet. Bassist George Duvivier's imaginative lines and J.C. Heard's strong drumming help to propel the proceedings. The next three selections come from a date led by bassist Leonard Gaskin that is a truly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bud Freeman is heard with three separate small groups on the All Star Swing Sessions compilation. He's paired with Shorty Baker and Claude Hopkins for the first eight tracks, including swinging treatments of standards like "Love Me or Leave Me" and "But Not for Me," plus originals composed by the group for the sessions, such as the snappy "Hector's Dance" and the sassy "Shorty's Blues." Freeman's work on tenor sax is smooth as silk, while Baker primarily sticks to muted trumpet. Bassist George Duvivier's imaginative lines and J.C. Heard's strong drumming help to propel the proceedings. The next three selections come from a date led by bassist Leonard Gaskin that is a truly Dixieland affair. The sextet is expanded to a nonet for a swinging "Darktown Strutter's Ball," easily the highlight of the date. Finally, a vintage sextet meeting with ill-fated trumpeter Bunny Berigan, Eddie Condon, and Claude Thornhill showcases Freeman on both clarinet and tenor sax in his upbeat original "The Buzzard" and his delicious bluesy "Tillie's Downtown Now," titles which also reflect his sense of humor. Highly recommended.
All About Jazz
Saxophonist Bud Freeman was one of the greats, but most casual jazz fans would likely be hard pressed to name him. This recent Prestige compilation goes a long way toward retrieving his visage from the clutches of anonymity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218528627
  • Catalog Number: 24286
  • Sales rank: 175,319

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bud Freeman Primary Artist, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Eddie Condon Guitar
Claude Hopkins Piano
Claude Thornhill Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Pee Wee Erwin Trumpet
Leonard Gaskin Bass, Leader
Red Richards Piano
Herb Hall Clarinet
Grachan Moncur III Bass
George Duvivier Bass
Herman Autrey Trumpet
Harold Baker Trumpet
J.C. Heard Drums
Herb Lovelle Drums
Big Chief Russell Moore Trombone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Bud Freeman Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Esmond Edwards Composer, Cover Photo
Kirk Felton Remastering
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Paul Mares Composer
Dan Morgenstern Liner Notes
Leon Roppolo Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Henry Nemo Composer
Paul Denniker Composer
Stephen Ballantine Composer
Lewis Gensler Composer
John Redmond Composer
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