Bud Freeman Orchestra – All that Jazz, Vol. 124: Bud Freeman, Vol. 2 – The Trio and the Band (2019 Remaster) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:03:17 minutes | 386 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Lawrence “Bud” Freeman (April 13, 1906 – March 15, 1991) was an American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer, known mainly for playing tenor saxophone but also able at the clarinet.
In 1922, Freeman and some friends from high school formed the Austin High School Gang. Freeman played the C melody saxophone with band members such as Jimmy McPartland and Frank Teschemacher. before switching to tenor saxophone two years later. The band was influenced by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings and Louis Armstrong. While Armstrong was in King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, Freeman attended performances at Lincoln Gardens with McPartland. They were nicknamed “Alligators”.
In 1927, he moved to New York City, where he worked as a session musician and band member with Red Nichols, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Ben Pollack, and Joe Venuti. One of his most notable performances was a solo on Eddie Condon’s 1933 recording, The Eel, which became Freeman’s nickname for his long snake-like improvisations. Freeman played with Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra (1936–1938) and Benny Goodman’s band in 1938, before forming the Summa Cum Laude Orchestra (1939–1940). Freeman joined the U.S. Army during World War II and headed a U.S. Army band in the Aleutian Islands.
After the war, Freeman returned to New York and led his own groups. He also worked with Buck Clayton, Ruby Braff, Vic Dickenson, and Jo Jones. In 1960, he wrote the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical Beg, Borrow or Steal, which included the ballad “Zen Is When”, later recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet on Jazz Impressions of Japan (1964). He was a member of the World’s Greatest Jazz Band in 1969 and 1970. In 1974, he moved to England and continued to record and perform. Freeman spent some time on the Isle of Man and was a guest of Manx musician Jim Caine. After returning to Chicago in 1980, he continued to work into his eighties.
He wrote two memoirs (You Don’t Look Like a Musician (1974) and If You Know of a Better Life, Please Tell Me (1976)) and an autobiography (Crazeology) with Robert Wolf. In 1992, Freeman was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
1. Bud Freeman Orchestra – You Took Advantage of Me (From “Present Arms!”) [Bigband Version] (02:53)
2. Bud Freeman Trio – Blue Room (From “The Girl Friend”) [Trio Version] (03:02)
3. Bud Freeman Orchestra – Tea for Two (From “No No Nanette”) (02:51)
4. Bud Freeman Trio – At Sundown (02:56)
5. Bud Freeman Orchestra – A Room with a View (From “This Year of Grace”) (03:16)
6. Bud Freeman Trio – I Got Rhythm (02:48)
7. Bud Freeman Orchestra – Royal Garden Blues (02:44)
8. Bud Freeman Trio – Keep Smiling at Trouble (02:50)
9. Bud Freeman Orchestra – Time on My Hands (From “Smiles”) (03:08)
10. Bud Freeman Trio – Swingin’ Without Mezz (03:06)
11. Bud Freeman Orchestra – Midnight at Eddie’s (02:53)
12. Bud Freeman Trio – Exactly Like You (02:42)
13. Bud Freeman Orchestra – You’re My Everything (02:55)
14. Bud Freeman Trio – My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms (03:01)
15. Bud Freeman Orchestra – Inside the Outside (02:43)
16. Bud Freeman Trio – Three’s No Crowd (01:54)
17. Bud Freeman Orchestra – Honeysuckle Rose (02:49)
18. Bud Freeman Trio – I Don’t Believe It (03:00)
19. Bud Freeman Orchestra – Sentimental Baby (02:55)
20. Bud Freeman Orchestra – I’ve Found a New Baby (02:55)
21. Bud Freeman Orchestra – Blue Room (From “The Girl Friend”) [Bigband Version] (02:57)
22. Bud Freeman Trio – You Took Advantage of Me (From “Present Arms!”) [Trio Version] (02:50)