Mainstream-swing-to-bop's the thing on the two 1960 Swingville gems paired here, both of which feature one of the foremost Basieites on tenor saxophone, George "Buddy" Tate. Tate (1913-2001), whose big-toned blues mastery is his longtime calling card, is an integral part of a lively quintet date led by Claude Hopkins (1903-1984), the first of three fine albums the pianist-composer-bandleader would pilot for Swingville. Joining Tate on the front line is another distinguished Basie alum, trumpeter Emmett Berry. Tate-a-Tate, the second of three Swingville sessions by the Texas-born tenorist, is one of his shining moments on disc. His front-line partner here is the ever-effervescent trumpeter-flugelhornist Clark Terry, yet another Basie grad (and an Ellingtonian, too). It's readily apparent that Tate delights in being pushed by a more modern rhythm section, in this case keyed by the nonpareil pianist Tommy Flanagan.
with Emmett Berry, Wendell Marshall, Osie Johnson, Clark Terry, Tommy Flanagan, Larry Gales, Arthur Taylor