Pretty Moods By Buddy De Franco (EP)
Released: Oct 2005
Label: Verve Records
Buddy DeFranco almost leaves be-bop behind on this too-short ballad session before clearing away some cobwebs with a driving reading of "Yesterday." All the talk about improvising has people confused about jazz: the great musicians also play beautifully with the melody. Here, Defranco gets a deeply romantic, almost melancholy tone out of his clarinet before switching over to higher register blowing for "Yesterday."