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Saturday Night Function


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  • Personnel includes: Buddy Tate (tenor saxophone), Jim Galloway (saxophone), Jay McShann (piano), Don Thompson (bass), Terry Clark (drums).
  • Personnel: Buddy Tate (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Jim Galloway (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jay McShann (piano); Terry Clarke (drums).
  • Liner Note Author: John Norris.
  • Recording information: McClear Place Studios, Toronto (06/10/1981/06/11/1981).
  • Photographer: Bill Smith .
  • Buddy Tate, Jim Galloway, and Jay McShann join forces with bassist Don Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke for these delightful 1981 studio sessions, which cover less-familiar swing repertoire. Tate, who doubles on tenor sax and clarinet, and Galloway, who alternates between soprano, baritone, and tenor sax, complement one another perfectly. With the bluesy piano of McShann and two of Canada's finest musicians joining him in the rhythm section, how can anything go amiss? The music is at a high level throughout the CD, though a trio of tunes from the vast band book of Duke Ellington, Mercer Ellington's "John Hardy's Wife," a strutting take of Johnny Hodges' "Good Queen Bess," and the bandleader's gospel-flavored "Saturday Night Function" particularly stand out on this highly recommended disc. ~ Ken Dryden
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