These recordings were made in the period 1935
to 1950 when Freddy Gardner was without doubt the uncrowned
king of the saxophone in the UK. In tracks 1 to 4 he is heard
playing with a trio, 5 to 14 with his Swing Orchestra and 20
to 26 with Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra.
Freddy was certainly a remarkable musician
whose career came to an untimely end when he died at the age
of 39. He was equally at home playing light orchestral music
as he was in a jazz quartet and he played baritone and clarinet
with fluency the equal of his immaculate alto playing. Some
of the phrasing sounds somewhat old fashioned, but the music
has moved on some 50 years later!
Of particular interest is his playing with
the excellent Peter York Orchestra, Peter was a superb arranger
and he really knew how to make the most of a soloist of Freddy’s
ability. The reason for my interest, is that the whole of what
is best described as light orchestral music has disappeared
on BBC radio or television. When you listen to these tracks
you realise what a shame that is.