That tenor saxophonist, and sometime-clarinetist, Lawrence "Bud" Freeman is strongly associated with the "Chicago style" school of traditional jazz is additionally fitting, since Freeman was born (1906) and died (1991) in the Windy City. His was also the first true alternative to the approach of tenor saxophone pioneer Coleman Hawkins until Lester Young blew in like a cool breeze with the Count Basie orchestra of the mid- to late 1930s. This set has as its centerpiece one complete LP, 1960's splendid, mainstream swing-geared quintet with the warm-toned Ellingtonian trumpeter Harold "Shorty" Baker an ideal front-line partner. There are also four tracks from 1935 by Freeman's more trad-oriented Windy City Five, with the leader at times moving to clarinet; this date features as well fine performances by the ill-starred hot trumpet man Bunny Berigan. The disc, confirming that Freeman's individualistic sound and attack improved with age--and that great jazz is indeed timeless--is rounded out by three rousing 1962 jams under the nominal leadership of bassist Leonard Gaskin.
with Harold "Shorty" Baker, Claude Hopkins, George Duvivier, J.C. Heard, Pee Wee Erwin, Herman Autry, "Big Chief" Russell Moore, Dickie Wells, Herbie Hall, Red Richards, Leonard Gaskin, Herb Lovelle, Bunny Berigan, Eddie Condon, Claude Thornhill, Grachan Moncur, Cozy Cole