Buck Buddy
  • CAT # OJCCD-757-2

    1. High Life 5:25
    2. When A Woman Loves A Man 4:25
    3. Thou Swell 2:50
    4. Can't We Be Friends 2:41
    5. Birdland Betty 8:01
    6. Kansas City Nights 5:40

Through most of the Fifties, Buck Clayton's appearances on record placed him at the head of jam sessions, where he was only one of several featured horn soloists. It was a treat, then, to find Clayton making his Prestige/Swingville debut as a leader in a more intimate setting, especially when his front-line partner was fellow Count Basie alumnus Buddy Tate, who had been leading larger groups at his own Celebrity Club in Harlem. While most of the tracks are prime examples of mainstream jazz in the Basie tradition, the album's showstopper is "When a Woman Loves a Man," a ballad feature that allows Clayton to show his prowess on both muted and open horn.

with Sir Charles Thompson, Gene Ramey, Mousey Alexander

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