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Saxophonist Freddy Gardner (1910-1950) is saluted with a pleasant Living Era compilation that samples great moments from the final 15 years of his tragically truncated recording career. A mainstay in the cheerful, elegant, and wholesome world of British dance and swing bands during the second half of the '30s, Gardner was tremendously active as both leader and sideman and can be heard fronting his own groups on tracks one through 19. Tracks 20 through 26 showcase Gardner as spot-lit soloist with Peter Yorke and his Concert Orchestra, a fulsome postwar pop flotilla buoyed by a sugary sweet string section. Gardner sounded great in any company and this commemorative album will enable the listener to enjoy his woodwind artistry in a variety of instrumental settings.


Born: 23 December 1910 in London England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

Born in London in 1910, Freddy Gardner was one of England's most popular saxophonists during the 1930s and '40s. He developed his technique by working in bands led by Syd Lipton, Billy Bissett, and Bert Firman. A skilled clarinetist, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophonist, Gardner stayed busy as a sessionman throughout his all-too-brief career and may be heard on numerous recordings by the Four Stars, the Six Swingers, Jay Wilbur, Benny Carter, Teddy Foster, Valaida Snow, Ray Noble, Ike "Yowse Suh"...
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