Buddy DeFranco (cl), Tommy Gumina (acc), Bob Stone, Bill Plummer (b), Frank De Vito, John Guerin (d)
Reference: FSRCD 2260
Bar code: 8427328622608
The Buddy De Franco-Tommy Gumina Quartet made a sensational debut at Hollywoods Pick-a-Rib night club in March 1960, playing assertive, driving modern jazz. In this new setting, Buddys fleet, fluid clarinet gained an exciting, fresh context with jazz accordion virtuoso Tommy Gumina.
Besides the mutually enhanced over-all sound of clarinet and accordion, the appealing arrangements De Franco and Gumina devised reveal a shared outlook. It firmly placed the emphasis on melody and rhythm, lyricism and stimulation, as much as on their dazzling technical accomplishments.
The quartets first two albums, Pacific Standard (Swingin!) Time, and Presenting... reflect this. Not only is De Franco warmed by Guminas strongly swinging attack, but both he and Gumina are also pushed hard by the sturdy rhythm support of bassists Bob Stone and Bill Plummer, and drummers Frank De Vito and John Guerin. Together they delivered straightforward, thoughtfully conceived and beautifully played unpre- tentious small-group jazz, with a character all its own.
01. All the Things You Are
02. Ill Wind (Youre Blowin Me No Good)
03. A Foggy Day
04. Satin Doll
05. Darn That Dream
06. How High the Moon
07. The Song Is You
09. In a Mellow Tone
10. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
11. Autumn in Rome
13. When Lights Are Low
14. Street of Dreams
16. Never on Friday
17. Gone with the Wind
18. 'S Wonderful
19. On Green Dolphin Street
20. Scrapple from the Apple
21. Playin It Cool
22. You Are Too Beautiful
Tracks #1-12 from the 12" LP "Pacific Standard (Swingin'!) Time" (Decca DL74031)
Tracks #13-22 from the 12" LP "Presenting The Buddy De Franco-Tommy Gumina" (Mercury SR60685)
Personnel on tracks #1-12:
Buddy De Franco (cl), Tommy Gumina (acc), Bob Stone (b), and Frank De Vito (d).
Recorded at Decca Recording Studio, Hollywood, March 15, 16 & 31, 1960
Personnel on tracks #13-22:
Buddy De Franco (cl), Tommy Gumina (acc), Bill Plummer (b), and John Guerin (d).
Recorded at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, October 17 & 18, 1961
Original recordings supervised by Leonard Feather (#1-12) and Jack Tracy (#13-22)
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"For a period in the early '60s, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco teamed up on a regular basis with Tommy Gumina, one of the few jazz accordionists. With bassist Bill Plummer and drummer John Guerin completing the quartet, DeFranco and Gumina indulge in some fine playing on their first of four LPs together for Mercury; none of the sets have reappeared on CD. The ten numbers (seven standards and three originals) are all concise, under five minutes in length; the sound of Gumina's accordion is an acquired taste, but he keeps the proceedings swinging and proves to be a fine match for DeFranco's fluid clarinet."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide