Saxophonist Freddy Gardner (1910-1950) is saluted with a pleasant Living Era compilation that samples great moments from the final 15 years of his tragically truncated recording career. A mainstay in the cheerful, elegant, and wholesome world of British dance and swing bands during the second half of the '30s, Gardner was tremendously active as both leader and sideman and can be heard fronting his own groups on tracks one through 19. Tracks 20 through 26 showcase Gardner as spot-lit soloist with Peter Yorke and his Concert Orchestra, a fulsome postwar pop flotilla buoyed by a sugary sweet string section. Gardner sounded great in any company and this commemorative album will enable the listener to enjoy his woodwind artistry in a variety of instrumental settings.
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