With the Alex Welsh Band

Bud Freeman

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With the Alex Welsh Band Review

by Scott Yanow

Tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman loved England and he particularly enjoyed playing with the British Dixieland/swing ensemble led by trumpeter Alex Welsh. This live set, released for the first time in 2003, is full of happy spirits, exciting solos, and stimulating ensembles. After the Welsh septet plays "I Ain't Got Nobody," Freeman is featured both with the group and with just the rhythm section. Although he performed and recorded such warhorses as "Dinah," "Sunday," "You Took Advantage of Me," and "Exactly Like You" a countless number of times during his long career, Freeman could always come up with fresh statements and ideas. The set is well recorded, the other musicians were inspired by Freeman's presence, and the results are memorable and quite fun. Highly recommended.

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