Buddy Tate was one of the most relaxed, humorous and amenable of musicians, with a personal style that was glowingly reflected in the supple and occasionally gently mocking elegance of his saxophone playing. Like many of the lyrical and romantic jazz performers of his era, Tate could perform miniature miracles with minimal materials. Shuffling a handful of soft, buttery notes and mingling them with a textural repertoire of intimately whispering intonations, was one of the most agreeable experiences in postwar jazz. But Tate could also be an exciting, hard-swinging player too, and his control of the horn in its upper register predated many of the technical advances in saxophone playing that were made by the modernists in hard bop and the avant garde.
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|Analog Recording Equipment
Nagra-T modified with high end tube playback electronics
Merging Technologies Horus
René Laflamme – Transfer from Analog Master Tape to DSD 256
|Original Recording Format
La Fontaine, September 23, 1975
|Recording Type & Bit Rate
Analog Tape to DSD256
|June 15, 2018
Tenor-saxophonist Buddy Tate meets up with pianist Tete Montoliu on this enjoyable blowing date. Other than “Buddy’s Blues” (which has a Tate vocal), all of the songs are swing standards with “In A Mellow Tone” clocking in at 17 1/2 minutes. Violinist Finn Ziegler makes worthwhile guest appearances on two of the five selections and the group is completed by bassist Bo Stief and drummer Svend Erik Norregard. Easily recommended for swing fans, this album finds Buddy Tate still very much in prime form.
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