Monday, February 1, 2016

Buddy DeFranco - Sweet & Lovely

Sweet and lovely — but plenty darn soulful too — and one of the excellent early 50s Verve dates that features the piano of Sonny Clark with the clarinet of Buddy DeFranco ! The album's got an even more unusual twist in that it features a bit of organ from Clark too — one of his only recordings on the instrument — as well as guitar from Tal Farlow on a number of tracks — another leading light of the fresh Verve sound of the 50s, really working some great music next to Buddy's horn. The stripped down sound is very nice — equal parts bop and swing, in that unique mode that made DeFranco one of the hippest players on his instrument at the time ! Titles include "Getting A Balance", "Old Black Magic", "Moe", and "What Can I Say".
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Buddy DeFranco
Sweet & Lovely


1 Getting a Balance (Clark, DeFranco)  9:01
2 That Old Black Magic (Arlen, Mercery)  6:43
3 They Say It's Wonderful (Berlin )  7:18
4 But Beautiful (Burke, VanHeusen)  4:38
5 The Nearness of You (Carmichael, Washington)  4:57
6 What an I Say Dear (After I Say I'm Sorry ?) (Donaldson, Lyman)  4:47
7 Moe (Clark)  4:07


Buddy DeFranco - cl
Sonny Clark - p & org
Tal Farlow - g [out on # 6 & 7]
Gene Wright - b
Bobby White - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; August 12 [# 1 & 2], 26 [# 3-5], 1955 ; & September 1, 1954 [# 6 & 7]


jerry g said...

thanks Mel
what a line up

pedro gamundi said...


Fernando said...

Thanks for all these DeFranco albuns!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

cvllos said...

I have these tracks already from Mosaic. However, your indefatigable for those marvelous old vinyl covers obliges me to stop and download this nice one. I love them also.
Thank you, once more, Melanchthon!
Congratulations for your excelent taste & ability to find them!
And a happy & healthy new year to you and your family!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks a lot

Jaffa said...

Mel - thank you so much for these BdeF-albums. I fully second cvllos remarks: Nothing tops these with their original covers !

fcapeau said...

Great post in this BDF series ! Many thanks, Mel.

Zorn said...

Good afternoon!

The huge request to you.
Restore, please, this remarkable album
It is thankful in advance!

With the best regards,
Alexander from Russia

Zorn said...


Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

AmyBRAINS said...

Great Buddy!!
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Melanchthon said...

Fred Archtop said...

Thank you Mel.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

otokoume said...

thanks Mel, "Getting a Balance" must be one of the most uplifting tracks...

Kovina Kris said...

One of my favorite Clarinet players and a little Farlow to boot. Thank you Mel!