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My Funny Valentine I Cover the Waterfront Please Be Kind Sleepy Time Gal Baby Won't You Please Come Home I Cried For You Passport to Paradise I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues Ma Gigolette Tangerine Body and Soul Green Eyes
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Sir Charles Thompson (p), Jean Bonal (g), Gene Ramey (b) and Oliver Jackson (dms).|
Customer Reviews (2)
- "superior Buck!Review by Big Toots
Long before the U.S. State Department sent Louis Armstrong and other musicians overseas as “jazz ambassadors,” trumpeter Buck Clayton wound up spending significant time performing in pre-WW II China. How that stay came about is a matter of historical circumstance. However, this recording done in France in 1961 goes worldwide in confirming Clayton’s esteemed role as an internationally-acclaimed trumpet star and ambassador of the art form.
A very powerful and sound-focused trumpeter, Clayton here is predominantly muted as he works his way through a dozen tunes, most of which are well-known American standards (“My Funny Valentine,” “I Cried for You,” “Body and Soul”). Clayton’s melodic and improv DNA exhibits large doses of Louis Armstrong’s. The phrasings are intelligent and inspiring. His rhythmic feel is well laid-back and off the beat, swinging and as clean as a whistle. Listen to the title cut and “I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues” for fine examples of those qualities. The trumpeter’s years with Count Basie’s band probably helped to encourage that unique rhythmic approach that ripples throughout here. Clayton’s ballad styling was also impeccable (“I Cover the Waterfront,” “Ma Gigoletto,”). His open-horn sound was full, resonant and avoided any “Nanny Goat” excessive vibrato (A screaming take on “Body and Soul” and muted “Tangerine”) so common of horn men back in the day.
The rhythm section – Americans Sir Charles Thompson, bassist, Gene Ramey and drummer Oliver Jackson (with French guitarist Jean Bonal added) are superior in framing Clayton and also seem to add a Basie-styled flavor to happenings.
“Passport to Paradise” is a superb musical dish served lusciously warm and as tasty as French cuisine. Bon Appétit!
(Posted on 6/10/2015)
- Buck ClaytonReview by Simon Sez
On Passport To Paradise, which he recorded in 1961, Buck Clayton brings back the swing era. Never mind that it was already 15 years in the past, Clayton plays as if he were still with Basie and delighting dancers at a large ballroom. Sir Charles Thompson on piano (and even organ) sometimes even sounds like Count. So put on this CD and start dancing, or remember what it was like when one had the right partner.
Simon Sez: Buck Clayton had a way with a melody. Passport To Paradise (IC7009) has the trumpeter caressing some of his favorite themes.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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