Tuesday, November 20, 2007

78s fRom HeLL: Bud Freeman and Ray McKinley - The Atomic Era (1945)

A couple of cool instrumental sides from some cool players.

Tenor sax player Bud Freeman began his professional career in Chicago in the 1920's.
By the time this recording was made, he'd had stints with bands led by Eddie Condon, Red Nichols,
Ray Noble, and Tommy Dorsey.

Meanwhile, swing drummer Ray McKinley was a featured player in Glenn Miller's Orchestra, after a very fruitful period acting as co-leader of Will Bradley's band that included his hit recording of 'Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar'.

The pair are joined by some other great veteran jazzmen on the B-side of the disc...

Listen to:
Bud Freeman and Ray McKinley (Saxophone & Drums) -
The Atomic Era

(Majestic Records 78, 1945) (click for audio)

Listen to:
Bud Freeman and his All-Star Orchestra -
I'm Just Wild About Harry

(Majestic Records 78, 1945) (click for audio)

Likely session personnel includes:

Buddy Weed, piano
Lou McGarity, trombone
Yank Lawson, trumpet
Edmond Hall, clarinet

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