• 12.
  • 13.
    Doggin' Around
  • 14.
    Jump the Blues Away
  • 15.
    Jack's Kinda Swing
  • 16.
    The Natural Thing to Do
  • 17.
    A.C. Meets Osie
  • 18.
    Baby Please
  • 19.
    9: 20 Special
  • 20.
    Pick a Dilly
  • 21.
    Count Me In
  • 22.
    Freddie's Tune

Review

Since he was not a soloist and spent nearly all of his career as the rhythm guitarist for Count Basie's Orchestra, it is not surprising that Freddie Green led relatively few recording sessions of his own. In fact, other than a Concord album co-led with Herb Ellis and four titles from 1945, Green's only date as a leader was a 12-song RCA set from 1955 with a septet including trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist Henry Coker, Al Cohn on tenor, pianist Nat Pierce, bassist Milt Hinton, and either Jo Jones or Osie Johnson on drums. This single CD has that blues-oriented and lightly swinging set, plus a similar set led by Cohn titled The Natural Seven. The latter date has a nearly identical group with Cohn, Green, Newman, trombonist Frank Rehak, Pierce, Hinton, and Johnson. With arrangements provided by Al Cohn, Ernie Wilkins, and Manny Albam, the music swings and falls between swing and cool jazz. True to form, there are no solos from Freddie Green. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

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