Buck Clayton - Passport to Paradise

Buck Clayton's remarkable career spanned over fifty years, during which time he firmly established himself as an indispensable part of the jazz world. Having played with such greats as Lionel Hampton, Lester Young, and as part of the Count Basie band, Clayton's musical genius was widely recognized and respected. This outing was recorded in Paris during May of '51, and features the trumpeter in the setting in which he is perhaps most comfortable -- the small combo. He is joined by Sir Charles Thompson (p), Jean Bonal (g), Gene Ramey (b) and Oliver Jackson (dms). They created a twelve song recording that is inventive, surprising, and above all beautiful. No one will want to pass this up!

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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

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Additional Info

Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Buck Clayton
Instruments Music and Musicians
Composer No
Accompanist/ Conductor Sir Charles Thompson (p), Jean Bonal (g), Gene Ramey (b) and Oliver Jackson (dms).
SKU IC7009


Customer Reviews (2)

"superior Buck!Review by Big Toots
IC 7009 Passport to Paradise Buck Clayton

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
One of the easiest and least inexpensive ways of getting a “passport to paradise” is putting on a Buck Clayton record. Buck had a way of caressing the melody with his trumpet that made every song sound hip and swinging, yet he never threw away the theme. He put plenty of emotion into each note without sounding overly sentimental, and he made each melody sound fresh no matter how many times one had already heard it. If he were still around today, maybe he could even save “Feelings” and “Send In The Clowns.” Well, maybe not, but he would come close.
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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