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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
By the time of this previously unreleased 1982 concert put out on CD in 1997, tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman was 75 and had been playing at a major-league level for over 55 years, but there was nothing tired about his timeless style. Freeman, who happened to be in Los Angeles, was invited to a concert put on by the Poor Angel Hot Jazz Society and agreed to appear on a few numbers. However, he was so impressed by the band that during the first song he quickly put his horn together and played throughout the entire performance. Freeman was joined by trumpeter Dick Cathcart, trombonist Betty O'Hara doubling on double-belled euphonium, clarinetist Bob Reitmeier, the great swing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
By the time of this previously unreleased 1982 concert put out on CD in 1997, tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman was 75 and had been playing at a major-league level for over 55 years, but there was nothing tired about his timeless style. Freeman, who happened to be in Los Angeles, was invited to a concert put on by the Poor Angel Hot Jazz Society and agreed to appear on a few numbers. However, he was so impressed by the band that during the first song he quickly put his horn together and played throughout the entire performance. Freeman was joined by trumpeter Dick Cathcart, trombonist Betty O'Hara doubling on double-belled euphonium, clarinetist Bob Reitmeier, the great swing pianist Ray Sherman, guitarist Howard Alden just 23 at the time, bassist Phil Stephens, and drummer Nick Fatool. The repertoire on this CD consists of eight familiar standards, but the interpretations are full of inspiration and joy. On some tunes, Alden, already a masterful player, weaves lines around Freeman, and there are a few individual features for the tenorman most notably a rollicking "Tea for Two" and a double-time rendition of "Body and Soul". The group numbers are all enjoyable and full of high spirits, particularly "Struttin' With Some Barbecue" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." Highly recommended to Dixieland and straight-ahead fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/25/1999
  • Label: Jazzology
  • UPC: 762247627722
  • Catalog Number: 277
  • Sales rank: 385,889

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (8:30)
  2. 2 'S Wonderful (9:57)
  3. 3 Tea for Two (6:02)
  4. 4 Crazy Rhythm (10:22)
  5. 5 Sunday (10:54)
  6. 6 If I Had You (7:13)
  7. 7 Body and Soul (3:32)
  8. 8 Just a Closer Walk With Thee (7:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bud Freeman Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Howard Alden Guitar
Dick Cathcart Trumpet
Nick Fatool Drums
Ray Sherman Piano
Phil Stephens Bass Saxophone
Betty O'Hara Trombone
Bob Reitmeier Clarinet
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Ned Miller Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Lil Hardin Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Benny Krueger Composer
Don Raye Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Roger Wolfe Kahn Composer
George H. Buck Jr. Liner Notes
Robert Sour Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Chester Conn Composer
Chuck Conklin Engineer
Traditional Composer
Floyd Levin Liner Notes
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