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Buddy DeFranco

Buddy DeFranco is one of the great clarinetists of all time and, until the rise of Eddie Daniels, he was indisputably the top clarinetist to emerge since 1940. It was DeFranco's misfortune to be the best on an instrument that after the swing era dropped drastically in popularity and, unlike Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, he has never been a household name for the general public.

When he was 14, DeFranco won an amateur swing contest sponsored by Tommy Dorsey. After working with the big bands of Gene Krupa (1941-1942) and Charlie Barnet (1943-1944), he was with TD on and off during 1944-1948. DeFranco, other than spending part of 1950 with Count Basie's septet, was mostly a bandleader from then on. Among the few clarinetists to transfer the language of Charlie Parker onto his instrument, DeFranco has won a countless number of polls and appeared with the Metronome All-Stars in the late '40s. He recorded frequently in the '50s (among his sidemen were Art Blakey, Kenny Drew, and Sonny Clark) and participated in some of Norman Granz's Verve jam session. During 1960-1963 DeFranco led a quartet that also featured the accordion of Tommy Gumina and he recorded an album with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers on which he played bass clarinet. Work, however, was difficult to find in the '60s, leading DeFranco to accept the assignment of leading the Glenn Miller ghost band (1966-1974). He has found more artistic success co-leading a quintet with Terry Gibbs off and on since the early '80s and has recorded throughout the decades for many labels. ~ Scott Yanow
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Track List: The Complete Gershwin Songbooks (Box Set)

Disc 1

1. They Can't Take That Away From Me

2. Summertime

3. Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

4. Embraceable You

5. But Not For Me

6. They All Laughed

7. The Man I Love

9. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York

10. How Long Has This Been Going On

11. 's Wonderful

12. I Loves You Porgy

13. I've Got A Crush On You

14. Fascinating Rhythm

15. Someone To Watch Over Me

16. Our Love Is Here To Stay

Disc 2

2. Nice Work If You Can Get It

3. Embraceable You

4. Who Cares?

6. Love Walked In

8. Oh, Lady Be Good!

9. Of Thee I Sing

11. A Foggy Day

13. Isn't It A Pity

14. They Can't Take That Away From Me

Disc 3

1. Fascinating Rhythm

2. My Man's Gone Now

3. Mine

4. How Long Has This Been Going On?

5. Somebody Loves Me

7. They All Laughed

8. Nice Work If You Can Get It

9. I Loves You Porgy

10. Love Is Here To Stay

11. The Man I Love

12. A Foggy Day

13. Strike Up The Band

14. Embraceable You

16. Someone To Watch Over Me

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Track List: 'S Paradise: The Gershwin Songbook

2. My Man's Gone Now

3. Mine

5. Somebody Loves Me

6. Prelude II

7. They All Laughed

8. Nice Work If You Can Get It

9. I Loves You Porgy

10. Love Is Here To Stay

11. The Man I Love

12. A Foggy Day

13. Strike Up The Band

14. Embraceable You

16. Someone To Watch Over Me (Live)

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Track List: A Night Out With Verve (Box Set)

Disc 1

2. There Is No Greater Love

3. As Long As I Live

4. I Wished On The Moon

5. A Smooth One

6. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

7. Whisper Not

8. Li'l Darlin'

10. What's New

11. Broadway

12. You Are Too Beautiful

13. Portrait Of Jennie

14. Fall Out

15. La Vie En Rose

16. I Still Love Him So

Disc 2

1. If I Had You

2. Once I Loved [amor Em Paz]

3. Isn't It A Pity

4. My Foolish Heart

6. It's Nice To Be With You

7. It Might As Well Be Spring

8. Isn't It Romantic

10. This Can't Be Love

11. You Go To My Head

12. Autumn In New York

13. But Beautiful

14. Agua De Beber

15. Manhattan

Disc 3

4. The Organ Grinder's Swing

7. At Last

8. Little Girl Blue

10. Shall We Dance

11. Rose Room

12. King Porter Stomp

13. Taking A Chance On Love

14. Corner Pocket

Disc 4

1. I've Got A Crush On You

2. It Had To Be You

3. You're A Weaver Of Dreams

4. This Love Of Mine

5. Misty

6. Invitation

7. The Nearness Of You

9. Imagination

12. Round Midnight

13. Someone To Watch Over Me

15. Reaching For The Moon

16. You Don't Know Me

17. Where Are You

18. There's No You

19. Memories Of You

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Track List: The Verve Story - 1944-1994 (Box Set)

Disc 1

3. I've Found A New Baby

4. Travlin' Light

5. Repetition

6. Picasso

7. Tanga

8. Celia

9. Just Friends

10. Bloomdido

11. Jeep's Blues

12. Drum Boogie

13. Port Of Rico

14. Tenderly

15. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

16. Echoes Of Harlem

Disc 2

1. Tea For Two

2. Manteca

3. My One And Only Love

4. Flying Home

6. Every Day I Have The Blues

7. April In Paris

8. Honeysuckle Rose

9. All Of Me

10. Just One Of Those Things

11. Lady Sings The Blues

12. Swinging On A Star

13. Cooking The Blues

14. They Can't Take That Away From Me

15. La Rosita

16. I Know That You Know

Disc 3

2. Surrey With The Fringe On Top

3. Stompy Jones

4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

5. Chelsea Bridge

6. Mack The Knife

9. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'

10. Night Rider

11. I Remember You

12. Something's Coming

13. Desafinado

14. Walk On The Wild Side

Disc 4

1. 'Round Midnight

3. Soul Sauce

4. Last Night When We Were Young

6. Night Train

7. Every Night

8. The Good Life

9. You Won't Forget Me

11. Johnny Come Lately

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