1949-1953 CD (2004)

Artist: Buck Clayton

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Product Overview


Label City Hall Records
SKU 202024822
UPC 307517136220
UPC 14 03307517136220
Format CD
Release Date 8/17/2004
Author Buck Clayton
Associated Artist/Work Bechet, Sidney
Associated Artist/Work Edison, Harry ". (Trumpet)
Associated Artist/Work Edison, Harry "Sweets"
Associated Artist/Work Eldridge, Roy
Associated Artist/Work Hall, Edmond
Associated Artist/Work Hawkins, Coleman
Associated Artist/Work Laine, Frankie
Associated Artist/Work Morton, Benny
Associated Artist/Work Pierce, Nat
Associated Artist/Work Sandke, Randy
Associated Artist/Work Sandke, Randy (Trumpet)
Associated Artist/Work Webster, Ben
Technical Info
Lable Name Classics
Released 08/17/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 03307517136220
Musical Guests
Don Byas
Bill Coleman
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Don Byas, Bill Coleman .
It wasn't until Buck Clayton made the European scene in 1949 that he had a chance to begin making records as a leader. Clayton cooked up 13 exceptionally fine tracks before heading back to New York. "High Tide" was a modern notion of Count Basie's. "Swingin' at Sundown" is immediately recognizable as "At Sundown," an old Walter Donaldson tune dating from the 1920s. The composer does not receive credit. Saxophonist Don Byas interacts busily with Clayton on "Who's Sorry Now" and the venerable "Sugar Blues." The trumpet is solely featured on "Blues in First," while "Blues in Second" is taken at almost exactly the same tempo, amounting to little more than a second take. "Don's Blues" is based on "Lester Leaps In." The second of the Parisian sessions brought in saxophonists Armand Conrad and Alix Combelle, trumpeter Bill Coleman, and the young pianist Andr? Persiany. Clayton and Coleman interact on "Uncle Buck" and blend dazzlingly during "B.C. and B.C.," a walking blues for two in which they are billed as Duo de Trompettes. The ensemble's third-chair trumpeter, Merrill Stepter, is brought in to form the Trio de Trompettes on "Sweet Georgia Brown." Crucial support throughout all of these developments is provided by bassist Georges Hadjo. The four tracks recorded back in New York in September of 1951 seem strangely foolish by comparison. Vocalist Johnny Davis comes across as a bit of a twit, although it is interesting to hear the lyrics to "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise." During "Whispering" he keeps whispering the word "whisper" and is loudly answered by the band hollering "Don't shout!," "Don't scream!," and "Don't yell!" It's really kind of stupid. "Sixty Minute Man" is not the R&B hit, but "The Syncopated Clock" is played by the rhythm section only. Davis tries scatting like early Babs Gonzales on "Smooth Sailing," an easygoing boppish bit of blues. The saving graces on this date are the presences of trombonist Kai Winding, clarinetist Peanuts Hucko, and pianist Bernie Leighton, who held the somewhat dubious distinction of being the leader. In February of 1953, Buck Clayton sat in with the Marlowe Morris Trio, an early modern organ combo. Morris sounds uncannily like later-period Fats Waller as he tickles the upper registers of the Hammond organ on "I Want a Little Girl." Organ and guitar devise an ostinato backdrop for Clayton's horn on "Blue Moon." The guitar handles the bridge and the organ solo is tough. The final two tracks are extended jams. "Basic Organ Blues" walks an exceedingly cool path with Clayton in fine, sassy form. The electrified guitar lays down a boogie and commences to rock. The piece even turns into "Night Train" for a while. This smart little band's take on "'S Wonderful" gradually comes to a boil as Clayton enunciates the melody with elegant precision. ~ arwulf arwulf
Disc 1
1 High Tide
2 Swingin' At Sundown
3 Who's Sorry Now
4 Sugar Blues
5 Blues In First
6 Blues In Second
7 Don's Blues
8 Uncle Buck
9 Buck Special
10 Night Life
11 Perdido
12 b.c. And B.C
13 Sweet Georgia Brown
14 World Is Waiting For The Sunrise, The
15 Whispering
16 Syncopated Clock, The (Sixty Minute Man)
17 Smooth Sailing
18 I Want A LIttle Girl
19 Blue Moon
20 Basic Organ Blues
21 S'Wonderful
Product Attributes
Artist Clayton,Buck
Label Classics
Music Format Compact Disc
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