Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Buddy DeFranco Men - Generalissimo !

Buddy DeFranco is one of the great clarinetists of all time and, until the rise of Eddie Daniels, he was indisputably the top clarinetist to emerge since 1940. It was DeFranco's misfortune to be the best on an instrument that after the swing era dropped drastically in popularity and, unlike Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, he has never been a household name for the general public.
When he was 14, DeFranco won an amateur swing contest sponsored by Tommy Dorsey. After working with the big bands of Gene Krupa (1941-1942) and Charlie Barnet (1943-1944), he was with TD on and off during 1944-1948. DeFranco, other than spending part of 1950 with Count Basie's septet, was mostly a bandleader from then on. Among the few clarinetists to transfer the language of Charlie Parker onto his instrument, DeFranco has won a countless number of polls and appeared with the Metronome All-Stars in the late '40s. He recorded frequently in the '50s (among his sidemen were Art Blakey, Kenny Drew, and Sonny Clark) and participated in some of Norman Granz's Verve jam session. During 1960-1963 DeFranco led a quartet that also featured the accordion of Tommy Gumina and he recorded an album with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers on which he played bass clarinet. Work, however, was difficult to find in the '60s, leading DeFranco to accept the assignment of leading the Glenn Miller ghost band (1966-1974). He has found more artistic success co-leading a quintet with Terry Gibbs off and on since the early '80s and has recorded throughout the decades for many labels.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Buddy DeFranco


1 Sunday (Hammerstein, Rodgers)  5:45
2 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Arlen, Koehler)  9:21
3 Tea For Two (Caesar, Youmans)  4:57
4 Blue Lou (Mills, Sampson)  4:30
5 Funky's Uncle (DeFranco, Kessel)  9:04
6 Ballad Medley :
'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams) - You Don't Know What Love Is (Ray, DePaul)
How Can We Be Wrong ? (Dietz, Schwartz, Stillman)
Lullaby Of The Leaves (Petkere, Young) - Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern)  11:24
7 Oh, Lady Be Good ! (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:06
8 Satin Doll (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn)  6:11
9 My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart)  3:05
10 Blues For Space Travellers (DeFranco)  4:49
11. Crazy Rhythm (Caesar, Kahn, Meyer)  5:27
12 Ballad Medley :
I'm Glad There Is You (Dorsey, Mertz) - There's No You (Adair, Hopper)
These Foolish Thing (Link, Marvell, Strachey)  6:37


[# 1-6] Buddy DeFranco - Generalissimo (Verve MGV 8363, MGVS 6132)
Buddy DeFranco - cl
Harry "Sweets" Edison - tp
Bob Hardaway - ts
Jimmy Rowles - p
Barney Kessel - g
Curtis Counce - b
Alvin Stoller - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; April 2, 1958
[# 7-12] Buddy DeFranco And His Septette - Live Date! (Verve MGV 8383, MGVS 6166)
Buddy DeFranco - cl
Herbie Mann - fl, ts & bcl
Bob Hardaway - ts
Victor Feldman - p & vb
Pete Jolly - p & acc
Barney Kessel - g
Scott LaFaro - b
Stan Levey - dr [or Frank De Vito ?]
Recorded live in Los Angeles, California ; April 4, 1958

"Tin Reed Blues", last track from "Live Date !" is missing here
but you'll found it here


jazzuk said...

Many thanks for Live Date! Compliments of the season Mel. Cheers!

carrolin said...

Feliz Navidad Mel! y muchas gracias por la nueva entrega y por tu generosidad

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel; thank for this and thank you FOR EVERYTHING this year. Your blog is absolutely essential to so many of us. Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2011.

Neal said...

Thanks Mel. Happy holidays!


Orbyt said...

Well said Plantdoctor53! Joyeux Noël et une Bonne Année!

Thank you for this DeFranco gem, I didn't have "Live Date"

jazzy62 said...

Great post! Thank you very much and Merry Christmas!!

moha said...

Wish You Merry Christmas!

deGallo said...

Buddy DeFranco - Generalissimo & Live Date. This is wonderful. thank you for all the music this year. Merry Christmas & a very happy New Year.

Blue Eyes said...

Wow ! incredible ! thank you very much Mel for this upgrade, a must have !

Philo said...

Buddy DeFranco - Generalissimo_Live Date

This is great! I didn't have the Live Date tracks.

Love to hear a clarinet played with enthusiasm. It's too bad that the instrument has fallen out fashion in jazz.

Foth said...

Wonderful to have you back Mel. Thanks for this and all the other terrific music you've provided. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2011!

duck said...

thanks again Mel, I hope you find time to listen to all your great music.

Baron said...

Thanks Mel ... have been searching for the Edison tracks ... Baron

Zape said...

Thank you Mel. This is such great!

Eric said...

Thank you for the Buddy de Franco sides.

Newmill Mark said...

Just catching up with all your wonderful DeFranco verve sides - you have an awesome archive here! Thanks very much indeed

Luis said...

Thank you ever so much.

Peter said...

Cheers Melanchthon !
Could you PLEASE Re-Up this Buddy DeFranco recordings ?
Thank you in advance.

Rodney said...

Thanks, Mel

jazzcat1228 said...

Great share! Thank you, Mel.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Asphaltj said...

Thank you very much!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Jose Braga said...

Please re-up if possible.

Tks !

furnguy said...


Anonymous said...

Big Thanks

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Melanchthon said...

Kovina Kris said...

I got this from you on another post but thanks again Mel!