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Album Review

Best known as an arranger for singers and for commercial sessions, Buddy Bregman led one full-fledged jazz instrumental date, Swinging Kicks. Because many of the selections are brief (seven are under two minutes) and due to the intriguing titles, this seems a bit like a soundtrack to a film that was never made. However, few of the tracks seem truncated and there are some excellent solos along the way, particularly from Ben Webster, Conte Candoli, Herb Geller, Bud Shank, and Paul Smith. The personnel changes from cut to cut, ranging from a 19-piece big band with screaming trumpet playing from Maynard Ferguson and Conrad Gozzo to various combos, a Ben Webster/André Previn duet on "Kicks Is in Love," and a rapid workout for Paul Smith on "Go Kicks." Bregman uses some of the top West Coast jazz players and various musicians who were on Verve at the time, with Stan Getz making a guest appearance on "Honey Chile." Recommended.

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Swinging Kicks

The last song on the Album is Kicks is in Love. I remember it from my youth and it is one of the smoothest, sexiest pieces of music. Worth the entire album!


Born: July 9, 1930 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

A screenwriter obsessed with jazz shows up at the offices of the production company Bregman Entertainment in Hollywood. He has an appointment to make a pitch to Buddy Bregman, a producer, director, and writer who has also been a great success in the music business as an arranger, composer, and conductor. A current list of Bregman film projects under development includes a drama entitled The Trial of Ezra Pound, so the screenwriter is confident that Bregman won't pass off the movie idea he is about...
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