Buddy DeFranco Meets The Oscar Peterson Quartet
Recorded at: Fantasy Recording Studios Berkeley, California April 30, 1985
This CD reissue of a Pablo date by clarinetist Buddy DeFranco teams him with pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Niels Pedersen and drummer Martin Drew. They perform a few obscure originals plus Duke Ellington's "All Too Soon," "By Myself" and Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring." DeFranco has been very consistent throughout his long recording career but the presence of Peterson and Pass clearly inspired him to play even better than usual.
All Music Guide
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In the 1950s, after having played for several years primarily with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the occasional tour with Jazz At The Philharmonic, Buddy DeFranco began appearing with various small groups. At that time he signed with Verve Records and began recording in all manner of contexts, ranging from groups with Sonny Clark at the piano to groups with either Tatum or Peterson at the piano. When the focus on jazz of that era shifted, as people (especially young ones) turned to other musical forms, a lot of great jazz musicians found it difficult to survive. Some worked at other jobs, some were almost permanently unemployed, and some went into more commercial music. DeFranco opted to become the leader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra for several years.
Another problem Buddy experienced was that the clarinet, apart from leaders like Goodman and Shaw, or sidemen like Jimmy Hamilton with Duke and Buster Bailey with John Kirby's small group, was never that popular an instrument. During the years that went by it's difficult to recall the release of a half dozen records featuring it.
Well, Buddy DeFranco has, in a sense, resurfaced and it's a delight to be able to present his great talents on Pablo. The first album, Mr. Lucky (Pablo 2310-906), was self-produced, and this one, his latest, was put together with the Oscar Peterson Quartet, featuring Joe Pass, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Martin Drew. It's great to have him back.