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In A Mellow Mood

CD (Item 612239) Verve (Japan), 1954 — Condition: New Copy
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The album may be laidback, but it's hardly mellow at all – thanks to the presence of Sonny Clark on piano! The session's one of those great 50s pairings of Clark's piano and the clarinet of Buddy DeFranco – proof not only that Buddy could sound pretty darn soulful when he wanted, but also that he was always willing to grow and bring in some new ideas to his music. And the pairing with Clark is one of the best ideas that Buddy ever had – a mode that makes his instrument sound even more soulful than ever, almost like a soprano sax at times. Rhythm is rounded out by bass from Gene Wright and drums from Bobby White – who give the album a nicely easygoing groove – on tunes that include "Sonny's Idea", "The Bright One", "Minor Incident", and "I'll Remember April".  © 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.


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