Buddy Claude
  • CAT # PRCD-24231-2

    1. Is It So 4:19
    2. Yes, Indeed 5:48
    3. What's Your Story, Morning Glory? 3:39
    4. Willow Weep For Me 6:55
    5. Empty Bed Blues 6:22
    6. It Don't Mean A Thing (if It Ain't 3:16
    7. What Is This Thing Called Love 7:35
    8. Tate-a-tate 4:09
    9. Groun' Hog 8:10
    10. All Too Soon 4:04
    11. Snatchin' It Back 5:37
    12. Twenty Ladbroke Square 6:20
    13. Take The 'a' Train 3:57

Mainstream-swing-to-bop's the thing on the two 1960 Swingville gems paired here, both of which feature one of the foremost Basieites on tenor saxophone, George "Buddy" Tate. Tate (1913-2001), whose big-toned blues mastery is his longtime calling card, is an integral part of a lively quintet date led by Claude Hopkins (1903-1984), the first of three fine albums the pianist-composer-bandleader would pilot for Swingville. Joining Tate on the front line is another distinguished Basie alum, trumpeter Emmett Berry. Tate-a-Tate, the second of three Swingville sessions by the Texas-born tenorist, is one of his shining moments on disc. His front-line partner here is the ever-effervescent trumpeter-flugelhornist Clark Terry, yet another Basie grad (and an Ellingtonian, too). It's readily apparent that Tate delights in being pushed by a more modern rhythm section, in this case keyed by the nonpareil pianist Tommy Flanagan.

with Emmett Berry, Wendell Marshall, Osie Johnson, Clark Terry, Tommy Flanagan, Larry Gales, Arthur Taylor

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