Bud Freeman

Chicagoans in New York

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A complementary LP to Swaggie's Chicago Styled, Vol. One (none of the titles are duplicated), much of this music has fortunately since been reissued on CD. There are alternate takes to two numbers by tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman's "Windy City Five" (a 1935 sextet with the great trumpeter Bunny Berigan), a four-song session plus an alternate take by Freeman's Summa Cum Laude Orchestra in 1939 (a short-lived but memorable octet also including trumpeter Max Kaminsky, valve trombonist Brad Gowans and clarinetist Pee Wee Russell), and the complete July 23, 1940 date by Freeman's "Famous Chicagoans" -- eight numbers plus three alternate takes. The latter set not only features Freeman, Kaminsky and Russell, but the great trombonist Jack Teagarden (who also sings "Jack Hits the Road"). All in all, there are 18 selections on this generous LP, making it worth a search by Dixieland and Eddie Condon fans.