Buddy DeFranco

Cross-Country Suite

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Nelson Riddle's 11 originals and arrangements for an orchestra on this obscure LP are a bit lightweight and not overly memorable but clarinetist Buddy DeFranco's playing is typically fluid, swinging and explorative within the bop tradition. There are some short spots for trumpeter Don Fagerquist and altoist Herb Geller but DeFranco is the main star and the real reason to search for this long out-of-print rarity.