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Freddy Gardner: The Essential Collection (2CD)

Freddy Gardner: The Essential Collection (2CD)


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"He embroiders his improvisations with lyrical phrases and ravishing glissandi"..... so wrote broadcaster and writer Hector Stewart way back in the fifties when men were actually called Hector!
Seriously though, we at AVID just think he was a damn fine reedsman! Equally at home on clarinet as he was with the entire saxophone family, our latest Essential inductee is the superb, yet perhaps unheralded saxophonist Mr Freddy Gardner.
Freddy was in huge demand as a session musician during his heyday in the thirties, he was indeed the man they all called for. Benny Carter used him to head up his reed session when he was in the UK recording for Vocalion. You can hear the results on a couple of tracks herein. As well as tracks with Benny Carter we also feature Freddy’s contributions alongside Ike Hatch and Valaida as well as six medleys recorded as Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates. Also featured is work with The Royal Navy Mariners including three rare ENSA broadcast titles. 51 superbly re-mastered tracks in all reveal that Freddy could sure blow Sweet or Hot and we can witness his crowning glory as he takes it home with Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra featured on no less than eight magnificent tracks.
Truly another Essential collection from AVID Entertainment.

CD1
1.I Only Have Eyes For You - Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra
2.I’ve Got A Note - The Six Swingers (Vocalist: Marjorie Stedeford)
3.(a) Can’t We Talk It Over? - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
(b) Sweet Lorraine - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
4.Take My Heart - The Four Stars (Vocalist: George Evans)
5.(a) Three Little Words - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
(b) You’re Driving Me Crazy - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
6.Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - piano & guitar accompaniment
7.Is It True What They Say About Dixie? - The Swing Rhythm Boys (Vocalist: Ronnie Hill)
8.The Dipsy Doodle - Freddy Gardner & His Swing Orchestra
9.Valse Vanité - Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra
10.(a) Yes Sir! That’s My Baby - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
(b) Blue Skies - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
11.Coal Black Mammy - Ike Hatch with swing accompaniment (?The Six Swingers)
12.(a) Amapola - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
(b) Stop, You’re Breaking My Heart - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
13.China Boy - rhythm section
14.I Must Have That Man - Valaida with swing accompaniment
15.They Say - Freddy Gardner & His Swing Orchestra
16.Not A Cloud In The Sky - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow (Vocalist: Freddy Latham)
17.Sammy Saxophone - George Scott Wood & His Six Swingers (Vocalist: Sam Costa)
18.Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners rhythm section directed by George Crow
19.One Rainy Afternoon - The Four Stars (Vocalist: George Evans)
20.(a) Dancing With Tears In My Eyes - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
(b) You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
21.There’s A Small Hotel - Benny Carter & His Orchestra
22.I Liked His Little Black Moustache - Binnie Barnes with orchestral accompaniment
23.These Foolish Things - Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra
24.(a) I Love You - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
(b) At Sundown - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
25.I’m In The Mood For Love - Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra

CD2
1.Body And Soul - Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra
2.Some Of These Days - Mario Harp Lorenzi & His Rhythmics (Vocalist: Marjorie Stedeford)
3.(a) The Touch Of Your Lips - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
(b) Just One More Chance - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
4.The Japanese Sandman - rhythm section
5.Ain’t Misbehavin’ - The Four Stars (Vocalist: George Evans)
6.(a) Ain’t She Sweet? - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
(b) Louise - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
7.Someday Sweetheart - Freddy Gardner & His Swing Orchestra
8.Avalon - The Ballyhooligans
9.Buffoon - Jack Simpson with orchestral accompaniment
10.Black Coffee - The Six Swingers
11.Roses Of Picardy - Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra
12.It’s A Million To One - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
13.Dere’s Jazz In Dem Dere Horns - George Scott Wood & His Six Swingers (Vocalist: Sam Costa)
14.Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home? - rhythm section
15.Pennies From Heaven - Teddy Foster & His Kings Of Swing (Vocalist: Teddy Foster)
16.(a) I’ll Never Say Never Again Again - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
(b) It’s De-Lovely - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
17.Jeepers Creepers - Freddy Gardner & His Swing Orchestra
18.Your Feet’s Too Big - The Four Stars (Vocalist: George Evans)
19.(a) My Blue Heaven - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
(b) If I Had You - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
20.Rambling In C - rhythm section plus (with scat vocal)
21.The House Where I Was Born - The Six Swingers (Vocalist: Marjorie Stedeford)
22.Stardust - piano & guitar accompaniment
23.(a) I’ve Got The World On A String - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
(b) We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye - The Royal Navy Blue Mariners directed by George Crow
24.Flanagan & Allen Memories: (a) Can’t We Meet Again? - Flanagan & Allen with orchestra conducted by George Scott Wood
(b) A Million Tears - Flanagan & Allen with orchestra conducted by George Scott Wood
(c) Underneath The Arches - Flanagan & Allen with orchestra conducted by George Scott Wood
25.(a) Pardon Me, Pretty Baby - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
(b) I Cover The Waterfront - Freddy Gardner & His Mess Mates (with Abe Walters at Challen’s Multi-Tone piano)
26.King’s Rhapsody Selection: (a) The Gates Of Paradise - Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra
(b) The Mayor Of Perpignan- Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra
(c) Some Day My Heart Will Awake - Peter Yorke & His Concert Orchestra

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