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Five For Freddie: Bucky Pizzarellis Tribute To Freddie Green by Bucky Pizzarelli

It's like this, see. Bucky Pizzarelli is Freddie Green; John Bunch channels Count Basie; Warren Vache mutes Sweets Edison; Jay Leonardt goes upright with Walter Page; and Mickey is on a ouija board with Jo Jones. Put them all together, close your eyes, tap your red shoes toes first, and they're the All American Rhythm Section and you're not in Kansas anymore. You're digging the rhythm guitarist, a rhythm guitarist other than Lou Reed, who's rock and roll, but these things do cross over.

Bucky Pizzarelli and dese other guys really swing - get it - you better get it 'cause I know guys with offers you can't refuse, see. Don't forget to pay Tony's garbage bill on the way out, ok?

But not before you hear big band leader, Quincy Jones' "For Lena and Lennie." His big band is often listed among the very best, like Basie's and Berrigan's, and all those other cats. Copasetic, dig? Bunny's buried in Fox Lake and you oughta visit his grave sometime. Erle Smith, who said "all that jazz" a lot and with real authority played clarinet for him was from Madison. He still dressed, at 85, just like those snazzy guys in the All American Rhythm Section used to.

Check out dis Freddie Green guy's "Up In The Blues," "Corner Pocket," "Bustin' Suds," and "High Tide." You do remember the password for the speakeasy, don't ya? Good. Listen up and turn the lights out on your way out. Guido, the hit man, don't like it if youse leave them on. So get on outta here. Don't pass go; don't collect $200. And be sure to tip Bruno on your way out. Bruno don't get his tip; he gets mean.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bucky Pizzarelli
  • CD Title: Five For Freddie: Bucky Pizzarellis Tribute To Freddie Green
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Arbors Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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