Label: Columbia - OSX 7726 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono • Country: Australia • Genre: Jazz • Style: Swing
CD1 1. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 7. Yes March Of The Gronibard / Je Te Déchire LAnus - Gronibard - Satanic Tuning Club Turbo! Coal Black Mammy - Ike Hatch with swing accompaniment?
The Six Swingers China Boy The Japanese Sandman 5. Avalon - The Ballyhooligans 9. Buffoon - Jack Simpson with orchestral accompaniment Black Coffee Peter Yorke and His Orchestra* - Freddy Gardner: Classic The Six Swingers Rambling In C Stardust The very first track of this double album is a reminder of Freddy's smoothly lyrical style which is still captivating today.
Accompanied by Peter Yorke's rather soupy strings, Freddy's graceful tone is a lasting joy. I know he looks forbidding in the album cover picture but the music is welcoming. Freddy Gardner wasn't just a lush, sweet-toned soloist: he was also a jazzman, which is even apparent in his brief improvisation on this opening track.
Further evidence of his jazz credentials is provided by many of the other tracks from a variety of bands - mostly small groups. For instance, I've Got a Note is a sort of premonition of the One Note Samba, where Freddy solos Worrid Life Blues - Various - 40 Greatest Blues Songs in the midst of a couple of old-fashioned vocalists.
He also played tenor and baritone saxes, although he will be best remembered for his alto I Only Have Eyes For You - Freddy Gardner. Admittedly some tracks betray their age, even though no recording dates are supplied. We are only told that these tracks date from between and Several songs are corny and some of the singers are less than jazzy. A song like Coal Black Mammy would never pass the political correctness police these days! The number of different bands and artists that Freddy played with indicate how popular he was with his fellow musicians.
Benny Carter got Freddy to lead the saxes in some recordings he made in London, and other visiting artists like Valaida and Ike Hatch used Freddy when they recorded in Britain. Sadly, Freddy Gardner died of a cerebral haemorrhage in at the early age of But he left us some cherishable recordings - particularly those with Peter Yorke, for which he is best remembered - and rightly so.
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