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Buddy DeFranco - 1949-1952 (2007)

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Buddy DeFranco - 1949-1952 (2007)

Buddy DeFranco - 1949-1952 (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 199 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 167 MB | Covers (3 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1445)

This issue of Buddy DeFranco's recordings as a leader of both a quintet and an orchestra between 1949 and 1952 is a welcome one. The material on these 24 cuts is standard fare from the swing era, which was way over by 1949, but it proves that DeFranco knew how to lead a big band and swing hard as a soloist in a quintet setting - especially with the company he kept. Some of his crew on these sides include Serge Chaloff, Teddy Charles, Teddy Kotick, Lee Konitz, Max Roach, Jimmy Raney, and Al Cohn, just to name a few. Arrangements for these tunes were done by DeFranco, George Russell, and Manny Albam, which gives the listener a taste of the varied sonic interests of the great clarinetist. The sound on these sides is a tiny bit thin, but that's a minor complaint. The material swings no matter the arrangement or the size of the band. This is an intimate look at an often overlooked jazz great.

Buddy De Franco - Bravura: Complete 1959 Septette Sessions (2011)

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Buddy De Franco - Bravura: Complete 1959 Septette Sessions (2011)

Buddy De Franco - Bravura: Complete 1959 Septette Sessions (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 734 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 298 MB | Covers - 37 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Fresh Sound Records (FSR-CD 620)

The recordings in the present set are typically fluent, compelling De Franco music in a first-class small combo setting. Individually De Franco and Harry Sweets Edison blow with the confidence and assertiveness that have become their hallmarks. Kessel takes care of business, lying quietly in the background until it comes his turn to solo, then leaping out to have his say. Jimmy Rowles, Herbie Mann, Bob Hardaway, and the rest of the men playing here are deeply swinging in healthly, mainstream fashion. One of the attractions is the delicacy of some of the ensemble textures and the way in which basic harmonies have been amended to fit the character of these 1959 De Franco Septette. Theres a lot of great listening here whatever your bias.

Buddy De Franco - Four Classic Albums Plus (1952-1956) [Reissue 2014]

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Buddy De Franco - Four Classic Albums Plus (1952-1956) [Reissue 2014]

Buddy DeFranco - Four Classic Albums Plus (1952-1956) [Reissue 2014]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 608 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 372 MB | Covers - 12 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Avid Jazz (AMSC 1135)

Avid Jazz presents four classic Buddy De Franco albums plus, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered double CD.
“Buddy De Franco”; “The Artistry of Buddy De Franco”; “Mr. Clarinet”; “Pretty Moods” plus selections from “Jazz Tones”.
Reading the original liner notes from all our classic Buddy De Franco selections one strand of opinion stands out head and shoulders above all others. Since 1945 when he started his long run of Poll Winners victories in Metronome and Downbeat magazines, he had become the new kid on the block a.k.a. Mr Clarinet! All the notes refer to there being only two really fully recognisable giants of the jazz clarinet up to the emergence of Buddy De Franco…

Terry Gibbs & Buddy DeFranco - Play Steve Allen (1999)

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Terry Gibbs & Buddy DeFranco - Play Steve Allen (1999)

Terry Gibbs & Buddy DeFranco - Play Steve Allen (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 374 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 145 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Latin Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Contemporary Records (CCD-14089-2)

Swing-to-boppers Gibbs (vibes) and DeFranco (clarinet) love playing unison melodies, and the sonorities of those two instruments coming together provides the springboard for this swinging music. It's all based on the witty compositions of Steve Allen, songs the general public have rarely heard. The combination fits all of the participants to a T.
This is mainstream jazz at its current best, but unless you're a hard core fan (or Steve Allen himself, ) you'd be hard pressed to say you know this material intimately. There are some familiar sounds, "Until I Left Chicago (I Never Had The Blues)" is similar to Louis Jordan's "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby," while "Alabama Baby" strikes a pose akin to "Comin' Home Baby"…