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Album Review

Unlike their other collaborations, this meeting between clarinetist Buddy DeFranco and pianist Oscar Peterson puts the emphasis on ballads, with a few stomps thrown in, and finds them joined by a string orchestra arranged by Russ Garcia. The ten Gershwin songs are given respectful and melodic treatment and are joined on this 1998 CD reissue by "new" second takes of "I Wants to Stay Here" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." However, one is left a touch disappointed that more heat was not generated by DeFranco and O.P. Garcia's string arrangements are unadventurous and unfortunately weigh down the date a bit. A decent but not too memorable outing.

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Really just a great sounding album. The strings fitt in well with the songs all of which are excellent gershwin compositions. Really just an amazing album. It's getting harder to find jazz clarinet recordings and this is an excellent treat.


Born: February 17, 1923 in Camden, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Buddy DeFranco is one of the great clarinetists of all time and, until the rise of Eddie Daniels, he was indisputably the top clarinetist to emerge since 1940. It was DeFranco's misfortune to be the best on an instrument that after the swing era dropped drastically in popularity and, unlike Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, he has never been a household name for the general public. When he was 14, DeFranco won an amateur swing contest sponsored by Tommy Dorsey. After working with the big bands of Gene...
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: Sep 1954

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