JazzTimes - pp.82-3
"[A]n important and wonderful reissue ....[O]ne of the most distinctive sounds in jazz: big, muscular, yet tapered and singing, always in his lower register, with an extraordinarily wide and even vibrato."
ALL-STAR SWING SESSIONS contains THE BUD FREEMAN ALL-STARS (1960) as well as selections from DARKTOWN STRUTTERS BALL and SWING CLASSICS/BUD FREEMAN & HIS WINDY CITY FIVE.
Personnel includes: Bud Freeman (tenor saxophone); Harold Baker, Bunny Berigan (trumpet); Russell Moore, Dickie Wells (trombone); Herbie Hall (clarinet); Red Richards, Claude Hopkins, Claude Thornhill (piano); Eddie Condon (guitar); Cozy Cole, Leonard Gaskin, George Duvivier, Grachan Moncur (bass); J.C. Heard, Herb Lovelle, Cozy Cole (drums).
Producers: Esmond Edwards, Ozzie Cadena, John Hammond.
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on May 13, 1960 & August 23, 1962. SWING CLASSICS recorded in New York, New York on November 2, 1935.
Personnel: Bud Freeman (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Eddie Condon (guitar); Herb Hall (clarinet); Harold Baker, Herman Autrey, Pee Wee Erwin, Bunny Berigan (trumpet); Dicky Wells, Big Chief Russell Moore (trombone); Claude Hopkins, Claude Thornhill, Red Richards (piano); Cozy Cole, J.C. Heard, Herb Lovelle (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Liner Note Authors: Dan Morgenstern; Nat Hentoff.
Recording information: New York, NY (11/02/1935-08/23/1962); Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (11/02/1935-08/23/1962).
Bud Freeman is heard with three separate small groups on the All Star Swing Sessions compilation. He's paired with Shorty Baker and Claude Hopkins for the first eight tracks, including swinging treatments of standards like "Love Me or Leave Me" and "But Not for Me," plus originals composed by the group for the sessions, such as the snappy "Hector's Dance" and the sassy "Shorty's Blues." Freeman's work on tenor sax is smooth as silk, while Baker primarily sticks to muted trumpet. Bassist George Duvivier's imaginative lines and J.C. Heard's strong drumming help to propel the proceedings. The next three selections come from a date led by bassist Leonard Gaskin that is a truly Dixieland affair. The sextet is expanded to a nonet for a swinging "Darktown Strutter's Ball," easily the highlight of the date. Finally, a vintage sextet meeting with ill-fated trumpeter Bunny Berigan, Eddie Condon, and Claude Thornhill showcases Freeman on both clarinet and tenor sax in his upbeat original "The Buzzard" and his delicious bluesy "Tillie's Downtown Now," titles which also reflect his sense of humor. Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden