How Hi the Fi/Jumpin at the Woodside

How Hi the Fi/Jumpin at the Woodside

by Buck Clayton
     
 
For whatever odd reason, trumpeter Buck Clayton took a back seat to many other swing to big-band brass soloists, and undeservedly so. This combination of two of his albums for the Columbia label represents Clayton and his many all-star friends in an amenable jam session format, able to discourse at length post-melody. The first four extended tracks from 1953 and 1954

Overview

For whatever odd reason, trumpeter Buck Clayton took a back seat to many other swing to big-band brass soloists, and undeservedly so. This combination of two of his albums for the Columbia label represents Clayton and his many all-star friends in an amenable jam session format, able to discourse at length post-melody. The first four extended tracks from 1953 and 1954 are with Woody Herman's big band, the feature being the opener, a just short of 14-minute take on Clayton's adaptation of "How High the Moon" that he titled "How Hi the Fi." Astute listeners will be able to pick up on the individualistic sound of not only Clayton, but fellow brass blowers Joe Wilder and Joe Thomas. The remaining tracks from 1954-1955 feature repertoire from the Count Basie book, in particular the under 11-minute flag-waver "Jumpin' at the Woodside." The rest of the Jumpin' selections are a bit shorter, but no less vital. This recording is fully loaded with many of the greatest jazz players of the era, with hardly a single obscure artist -- although probably alto saxophonist Lem Davis and pianist Al Waslohn qualify. Clayton is widely revered for his small-group sessions, but these big bands roar, inspired by Clayton's witty, brash, precise tones. This is a great find for vintage, mainstream, and traditional jazz listeners, and comes very highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2008
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431785522
catalogNumber:
7855
Rank:
151421

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buck Clayton   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Urbie Green   Trombone
Woody Herman   Clarinet
Jo Jones   Drums
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Julian Dash   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Thompson   Piano
Trummy Young   Trombone
Walter Page   Bass
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Lem Davis   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Steve Jordan   Guitar
Benny Powell   Trombone
Joe Thomas   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Ruby Braff   Contributor
Brown   Composer
Buck Clayton   Composer
Buddy Tate   Contributor
Lester Young   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Coleman Hawkins   Contributor
Billy Bird   Composer
Shad Collins   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Milt Hinton   Contributor
Ben Homer   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Teddy McRae   Composer
Buster Moten   Composer
Henri Woode   Composer
Waslohn   Contributor
Mack David   Composer
Benny Green   Contributor
Dicky Harris   Contributor
Billy Kyle   Contributor

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