Buck Clayton - Tenderly

Whether he was improvising, playing melody, or leading a background riff you never heard any clams from Buck Clayton. He always seemed to have the ability to edit his own playing to the point that the extraneous matter was dispensed with. That did not mean that he was a safe player (with rigid limitations) or that he didn't attack in the upper register, it means only that his jazz was pure music without any grandstanding, frills or fancy stuff.

On this excellent album he's the only horn, allowing us to appreciate all the virtues of Buck and his magnificent trumpet playing. He is joined by Jean Bonal on guitar, Roland Lobiligeois on bass, Kansas Fields on drums, and Jean-Claude Pelletier on piano and organ for a truly unforgettable album.

SKU: IC7019

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Additional Info

Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Buck Clayton
Instruments Music and Musicians
Composer No
Accompanist/ Conductor Jean Bonal on guitar, Roland Lobiligeois on bass, Kansas Fields on drums, Jean-Claude Pelletier on piano and organ
SKU IC7019


Customer Reviews (2)

Buck ClaytonReview by Simon Sez
Buck Clayton will always be famous not only for sparking Count Basie’s band in the 1930s but for his beautiful playing next to Lester Young on some of Billie Holiday’s most priceless recordings. Clayton often used a cup mute in those days, showing his surprisingly rare ability of making every note count. He could actually play high notes and be a loud and fast trumpeter but instead he played quietly and usually sounded wistful.
Clayton was visiting France in 1953 when he recorded this album with a rhythm section. Buck plays pretty much of the time, whether on medium-tempo standards, some Sidney Bechet songs or ballads. He does hit a few surprising high notes (especially on “Stompin’ At The Savoy”) but usually sticks close to the melody and plays his own brand of swinging but beautiful jazz.

Simon Sez: Buck Clayton, who is featured throughout Tenderly (IC7019) along with a rhythm section, always had a beautiful tone even on faster material.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
Review by ~ Scott Yanow
This Inner City CD has tasteful playing by Buck Clayton with a French quintet comprised of Jean-Claude Pelletier on piano and organ, guitarist Jean Bonal, bassist Roland Lobligeois and expatraite drummer Kansas Fields. The emphasis is on ballads and standards (although there are a pair of obscure Sidney Bechet tunes) but Clayton's appealing sound, naturally melodic style and swinging solos make all of the concise performances of interest to mainstream jazz fans. (Posted on 6/14/2013)

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