Pacific Standard - Swingin` Time
Buddy De Franco
Fresh Sound Records
FSR 2260 CD
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The Buddy De Franco-Tommy Gumina Quartet made a sensational debut at Hollywood’s “Pick-a-Rib” night club in March 1960, playing assertive, driving modern jazz. In this new setting, Buddy’s fleet, fluid clarinet gained an exciting, fresh context with jazz accordion virtuoso Tommy Gumina.
Besides the mutually enhanced over-all sound of clarinet and accordion, the appealing arrangements De Franco and Gumina devised reveal a shared outlook. It firmly placed the emphasis on melody and rhythm, lyricism and stimulation, as much as on their dazzling technical accomplishments.
The quartet’s first two albums, “Pacific Standard (Swingin’!) Time,” and “Presenting...” reflect this. Not only is De Franco warmed by Gumina’s strongly swinging attack, but both he and Gumina are also pushed hard by the sturdy rhythm support of bassists Bob Stone and Bill Plummer, and drummers Frank De Vito and John Guerin. Together they delivered straightforward, thoughtfully conceived and beautifully played unpre- tentious small-group jazz, with a character all its own.
01. All the Things You Are
02. Ill Wind (You’re Blowin’ Me No Good)
03. A Foggy Day
04. Satin Doll
05. Darn That Dream
06. How High the Moon
07. The Song Is You
09. In a Mellow Tone
10. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
11. Autumn in Rome
13. When Lights Are Low
14. Street of Dreams
16. Never on Friday
17. Gone with the Wind
18. 'S Wonderful
19. On Green Dolphin Street
20. Scrapple from the Apple
21. Playin’ It Cool
22. You Are Too Beautiful
Tracks #1-12 from the Decca 12 " album
"Pacific Standard (Swingin'!) Time"
(DL 74031 Stereo).
Tracks #13-22 from the Mercury 12" album
"Presenting The Buddy De Franco-Tommy Gumina"
Personnel on tracks #1-12:
Buddy De Franco (cl), Tommy Gumina (acc), Bob Stone (b), and Frank De Vito (d).
Recorded at Decca Recording Studio, Hollywood, March 15, 16 & 31, 1960.
Personnel on tracks #13-22:
Buddy De Franco (cl), Tommy Gumina (acc), Bill Plummer (b), and John Guerin (d).
Recorded at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, October 17 & 18, 1961.
Original recordings supervised by Leonard Feather (#1-12) and Jack Tracy (#13-22)
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol.
Stereo 24-Bit Digitally Remastered