Personnel: Buck Clayton (trumpet); Earle Warren (alto saxophone); Zoot Sims, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Joe Temperley (baritone saxophone); Doc Cheatham, Joe Newman (trumpet); Urbie Green (trombone); Earl Hines (piano); Milt Hinton (bass); Gus Johnson (drums).
Recorded at WARP studios, New York, New York on March 25, 1974. Includes liner notes by Hank O'Neal.
Digitally remastered by Jon Bates (New York Digital Recording).
Composer: Buck Clayton.
Personnel: Buck Clayton (trumpet); Earle Warren (alto saxophone); Zoot Sims, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Joe Temperley (baritone saxophone); Doc Cheatham, Joe Newman (trumpet); Urbie Green (trombone); Earl Hines (piano); Gus Johnson (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Jon Bates.
Recording information: New York, NY (03/25/1974); Warp Studios, New York, NY (03/25/1974).
Photographer: Rollo Phlecks.
Arranger: Buck Clayton.
Due to physical ailments, swing-era veteran and acclaimed trumpeter Buck Clayton stopped performing in the late 1960s, but his talents as an arranger can be heard on this 1974 outing. In addition to Clayton's swinging, well-conceived charts, A BUCK CLAYTON JAM SESSION is a bona fide all-star session. Pianist Earl Hines leads the charge here with his bold, stride-influenced style, and backing by drummer Gus Johnson and bassist Milt Hinton keeps things swinging smoothly.
The horn section, which combines the force of a big band with the sensitivity of a small group, features Doc Chatham and Joe Newman on trumpets, Urbie Green on trombone, Earle Warren on alto sax, Zoot Sims and Budd Johnson on tenor saxophones, and Joe Temperley on baritone sax. As one would expect, such a roster of old-school talent does not disappoint, and a rotating solo spotlight allows every player the chance to stretch out. Clayton's originals, of which the set is comprised, are blues-based, and hearken back to the sly, understated swing of Count Basie (Clayton played in Basie's band during its heyday). Clayton's direction, too, keeps the ensemble delivering dynamic punches throughout this fine outing.