/Buck Clayton & His Orchestra.
Personnel: Frankie Laine (vocals); Buck Clayton (leader, trumpet); Clifton Best (guitar); Hilton Jefferson (alto saxophone); Budd Johnson, Nick Nicholas, Al Sears (tenor saxophone); Dave McRae (baritone saxophone); Ray Copeland (trumpet); J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Urbie Green, Dickie Welss, Lawrence Brown (trombone); Sir Charles Thompson (piano); Milt Hinton (bass);
Jo Jones, Bob Donaldson (drums).
Producer: Irving Townshend.
Reissue producer: Didier C. Deutsch, Charles L. Granata, Darcy M. Proper.
Recorded at CBS 30th Street Studios, New York, New York in 1956. Originally released on Columbia (608). Includes original liner notes by Irving Townshend and reissue liner notes by Charles L. Granata.
Digitally remastered by Darcy M. Proper at Sony Music Studios, New York, New York.
Pop singer Frankie Laine always liked jazz and he had a longtime friendship with trumpeter Buck Clayton. They teamed up for this well-intentioned LP with a variety of top jazzmen, including pianist Sir Charles Thompson, tenor saxophonist Budd Johnson, trombonist Urbie Green, and (on a couple of numbers) guest trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding. Clayton and the jazzmen sound fine, and although Laine's vocals are certainly an acquired taste for jazz fans, there are plenty of highlights: "You Can Depend on Me," "Taking a Chance on Love," and "Roses of Picardy." ~ Scott Yanow