May 08, 2001
Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Standards, Mainstream Jazz, Saxophone Jazz

Album Review

Bud Freeman is joined by an English trio for this magnificent studio session from 1980, one of the last recordings the tenor saxophonist made. Although rooted in traditional jazz, swing, and Chicago-style jazz, the veteran tenor saxophonist was open to exploring new material; his gorgeous tone makes the often banal "On a Clear Day" swing effortlessly, while the obscure "The Dolphin Has a Message" proves to be an interesting feature with the leader backed only by drummer Johnny Richardson. Brian Lemon's jaunty piano is the perfect foil for Freeman in "Just Past Tea Time," while bassist Len Skeat is the leader's duo partner in an imaginatively constructed take of "Don't Blame Me." This English CD is easily one of the best recordings by Bud Freeman during the final decade of his long career.
Ken Dryden, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. On a Clear Day
  2. The Dolphin Has a Message
  3. Don't Blame Me
  4. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  5. Tangerine
  6. Satin Doll
  7. Just Past Tea Time
  8. I Cover the Waterfront
  9. Somebody Stole My Gal
  10. Here's That Rainy Day
  11. Blues for Brian
  12. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
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