Buddy Tate - Body and Soul (2018)

Barris, Ellington, Tate, Green, Goodman

Buddy Tate

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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Buddy Tate

George Holmes “Buddy” Tate was born in Sherman, Texas on February 22, 1914.  He was a much travelled and highly respected Jazz Saxophone and Clarinet player.  His very presence in a club was a guarantee of capacity crowds and a feeling of well-being.

When long-service medals are distributed for work with big bands then Buddy must be considered for he was with Count Basie for six months in 1934 then, from the spring of 1939, he was in the Basie saxophone section for more than ten years. 

He took Herschal Evans’ place and sat alongside a succession of tenor playing colleagues including Lester Young, Paul Bascombe, Don Byas, Lucky Thompson, Illinois Jacquet and Paul Gonsalves.  With such grounding it is hardly surprising that Buddy was every inch a professional or that his solo playing is strongly affected by the blues.  He had an acute understanding of what an audience wants, which probably accounts for the fact that he took a seven-piece band into Harlem’s “Celebrity Club” in 1952 and was still pleasing the crowd there nearly 20 years later.

In 1959 he made his first trip to Europe, as a member of Buck Clayton’s band, and he went back almost every year.  In 1970 he brought the complete “Celebrity Club” band over for a European tour but most often Buddy worked on this side of the Atlantic as a soloist with local musicians.  

photo from cover Buddy Tate: "Body and Soul"

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Buddy Tate - Body and Soul (2018)

Barris, Ellington, Tate, Green, Goodman

Buddy Tate

    AllMusic

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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Buddy Tate - Body and Soul (2018)

Barris, Ellington, Tate, Green, Goodman

Buddy Tate

Analog Recording Equipment: Nagra-T modified with high end tube playback electronics
Digital Converters: Merging Technologies Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: René Laflamme - Transfer from Analog Master Tape to DSD 256
Recording location: La Fontaine, September 23, 1975
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog Tape to DSD256

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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Stompin' At the Savoy
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Body and Soul (Live)
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Buddy's Blues
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In a Mellow Tone
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I Surrender Dear
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