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The Legendary Buster Smith [099923852322]

  • 1. Buster's Tune
    2. E-Flat Boogie
    3. September Song
    4. King Alcohol
    5. Kansas City Riffs
    6. Late Late
    7. Organ Grinder's Swing
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8523

  • Credits
    EngineerRobert Sullivan

    Personnel includes: Buster Smith (alto saxophone, guitar); Eddie Cadell (tenor saxophone); Leroy Cooper, Buster Cooper (baritone saxophone); Charles Gillum (trumpet); Clinton Smith (trombone); Herman Flowers, Boston Smith (piano); Josea Smith (bass); Robert Cobbs (drums).
    Reissue producers: Donald Elfman, Naomi Yoshii.
    Recorded in Fort Worth, Texas on June 7, 1959. Originally released on Atlantic (1323). Includes original liner notes by Gunther Schuller.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
    Personnel: Buster Smith (alto saxophone).
    Recording information: Fort Worth Texas (06/07/1959).
    Alto sax player, arranger, and composer Buster Smith recorded sparingly during his career and this seven-track set, recorded in a single session on June 7, 1959 and released by Atlantic Records a month or two later, was the only album Smith did as a bandleader. It's a low key, pleasant affair featuring five original Smith compositions, including the lightly swinging "Buster's Tune" and the odd, wonderfully disjointed "King Alcohol," as well as versions of Kurt Weill's "September Song" and Will Hudson's "Organ Grinder's Swing." Smith's brother, Boston Smith, played piano at the session. Following a car accident in the early '60s, Smith was unable to continue playing sax and picked up the bass guitar, gigging regularly with various combos on bass in the Dallas area until his death in 1991. ~ Steve Leggett

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