Bud Freeman

Swinging Tenors

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The music on this LP from the British Affinity label was originally put out on Capitol and in 1997 was included on Mosaic's massive CD box set Capitol Jazz Classics. Although Bud Freeman and Eddie Miller both share the billing, the two similar-sounding tenors unfortunately do not actually play together. Freeman is heard on eight titles from an intriguing date in 1953 that finds him sharing the frontline with electric guitarist George Barnes and accompanied by pianist Dick Cary (who is probably responsible for some of the inventive arrangements), bassist Jack Lesberg and drummer Don Lamond. Freeman is in top form on hot versions of a variety of standards (including "Three Little Words," "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "I Could Write a Book") and his tricky "Margo's Seal," a natural follow-up to his "The Eel" of 20 years earlier. The flip side of the LP has the four numbers recorded by Eddie Miller's short-lived big band (two ballads and memorable renditions of "Our Monday Date" and "I'm Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee"), a couple of hot jams (cornetist Wingy Manone helps out on "Muskrat Ramble"), and two ballad showcases for the warm tenor of Miller. Highly enjoyable music easily recommended to pre-bop collectors.