Buck Clayton

Buck Clayton Rarities, Vol. 1

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This LP lives up to its name. The fine swing trumpeter Buck Clayton is heard with three different groups (14 selections in all) on consistently obscure but enjoyable performances. Clayton is the solo star with an octet headed by pianist Horace Henderson on two songs, who fits right in with trombonist Trummy Young, tenorman Ike Quebec, and pianist Ken Kersey, and there are eight songs from a date headed by singer/trumpeter Taps Miller in 1953. Buck solos on five of the tunes, and his playing offers a good contrast with Miller's Louis Armstrong-inspired trumpet. This European LP is worth searching for by swing collectors.