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Le Vrai Buck Clayton

Lake LACD 227




1. The Green Tiger
2. Red Barrel Blues
3. Unbooted Character
4. Talk Of The Town
5. The Wrestlers’ Tricks
6. Blues in The Afternoon
7. The Hucklebuck
8. One Hour
9. Carole's Caper
10. You Can Depend On Me

11. Say Forward, I'll March
12. Russian Lullaby
13. Talkback
14. One For Buck
15. An Evening In Soho
16. Jumpin' The Blues
17. Blue Mist
18. The Swingin' Birds
19. Poor Butterfly
20. Bernie's Tune
Tracks 1-10

Buck Clayton – Trumpet
Humphrey Lyttelton – Trumpet
Tony Coe – Tenor sax
Joe Temperley – Baritone sax
Eddie Harvey – Piano (trombone on track 7)
Pete Blannin – Bass
Eddie Taylor – Drums
Tracks 11-20

Buck Clayton – Trumpet
Humphrey Lyttelton – Trumpet (except tracks 19 and 20)
Chris Pyne – Trombone (except track 19)
Kathy Stobart – Tenor sax (except track 20)
Eddie Harvey – Piano (trombone on track 15)
Dave Green – Bass
Tony Taylor - Drums

Buck Clayton was always a musician whose work was absolutely dependable, whether he was playing in Count Basie’s orchestra (as he did from 1936 to 1943), accompanying such singers as Billie Holiday, or leading his own small groups (most notably on the 1953 session which produced The Hucklebuck and Robbin’s Nest). So it is a pleasure to have two of Buck’s LPs reissued as a double CD (with Bernie’s Tune as a bonus track). The LPs were originally recorded for Doug Dobell’s "77" label in 1964 and 1966 respectively, with Buck Clayton backed by Humphrey Lyttelton’s bands of the period.

Clayton’s playing is as impeccable as ever: swinging, inventive and sweet-toned. The mellowness of his sound is underlined by the fact that his playing here often reminds me of Ruby Braff’s cornet. It is also a tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton that you cannot always distinguish one trumpeter from the other. An added bonus is the playing of Humph’s musicians – particularly Tony Coe and Joe Temperley on the first session and Kathy Stobart on the second.

Buck Clayton is said to have helped re-established mainstream jazz as a living force in the fifties and sixties. This album proves why.

Tony Augarde


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