Trumpeter and bandleader Buck Clayton was a mainstay of the '30s and '40s big band. Following that, Clayton led every stripe of band for the next 40 years. In the late 1980s, when age prevented Clayton to play his trumpet, he turned his attention to composition and arrangement for a big band. In 1990, Clayton brought his big band to the Village Vanguard for a recital of his compositions, some written only recently before the show. This music was originally released in 1997 on Nagel Heyer as Buck Clayton Live From Greenwich Village, NYC (Nagel Heyer 030).
As part of their new re-issue program, Nagel Heyer has re-released this recording as Buck Clayton Swings the Village: The Buck Clayton Swing Band in Greenwich Village, NYC. It is 24-bit digitally remastered, providing an already bright recording that much more clarity. The music is fresh and refreshing. It is '30s—'40s Swing, to be sure, but it is composed, arranged and played with very much a 1990s precision. The appeal of this record is that it is not one more recording reprising Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Miller, or any number of bandleaders whose music has been diluted by time and reiteration. Swing presented the contemporary Buck Clayton Songbook. Contemporary talents like Byron Stripling and James Chirillo and veterans like Frank Wess, Warren Vaché and Joe Temperley present Clayton's vision succinctly.
As a group, these songs contain easily all of Swing history. Traditionally white bands and blacks bands meld easily here into a crystal-clear solution of swinging, smiling music. It is no wonder that this recording was considered one of the year's best when released. This disc is a must for all big banders.
Track Listing: Scorpio; Swingin' On The State Line; Horn O' Plenty; Rise And Shine; The One For Me' B.C. Special; Black Sheep Blues; Sparky; A Song For Sarah Cadillac Taxi; What A Beautiful Yesteryear; The Bower Bunch. (Total Time: 72:49).
Personnel: Buck Clayton: conductor; John Eckert, Jordan Sandke, Byron Stripling, Warren Vach
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.