Monday, August 1, 2016

Buck & Buddy Blow the Blues

Buck and Buddy Blow the Blues, the second recording trumpeter Buck Clayton and tenor man Buddy Tate made for Riverside, is something of a Count Basie Band reunion. Clayton, Tate, drummer Gus Johnson and bassist Gene Ramey are all alumni of Basie's band, and they share a kindred creative vision in the lightly grooving, blues-inflected swing that defined the Basie aesthetic. The pianist here, Sir Charles Thompson, is clearly a student of Basie's playing, and his understated accompaniment and minimal, yet meticulously constructed solos keep the ensemble sound in the Basie mode.But one should not mistake this outing for a mere nostalgia trip. The compositions are all originals by Tate and Clayton and the playing, while seldom adventurous harmonically, is full of energy and ideas. The tunes are deeply rooted in the blues, and keep pace with the mainstream jazz of the early '60s in their svelte execution and feel (thanks in part to Rudy Van Gelder's pristine sound engineering). This is a fine dose of low-key, swing-inspired combo jazz, made by musicians who knew how to do it right.

Source :

Buck Clayton
Buddy Tate
Blow the Blues


1 Rompin at Red Bank (Tate)  6:36
2 Blue Creek (Tate)  6:30
3 A Swingin Doll (Clayton)  3:54
4 Dallas Delight (Clayton)  4:35
5 Don't Mind If I Do (Tate)  8:05
6 Blue Breeze (Clayton)  4:11
7 Blue Ebony (Clayton)  5:55


Buck Clayton - tp
Buddy Tate - ts & cl
Sir Charles Thompson - p
Gene Ramey - b
Gus Johnson - dr

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; September 15, 1961


rm said...

merci beaucoup

deGallo said...

Thank you very much.

Orbyt said...

Another great SwingVille date. Many thanks, Mel.

OldHippieRick said...

Gee what swell gem it is thanks as always ²©ººL ☮ldhíppíèЯíck

patpato48 said...

Thank You Very Much! :-)

moxnix said...

Thank you very much for this chestnut, looking forward to hearing it!

Bill said...

What a lovely album. Never heard Tate on clarinet, how beautiful! Thanks, Mel.

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Fred Archtop said...

Thanks once more Mel. Best to you.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You