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Basie at Birdland
     

Basie at Birdland

by Count Basie
 

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In early 1961, the 16-member Count Basie band lost a few key soloists (Billy Mitchell, Joe Newman, and Al Grey), but that did not slow them down. By June of that year they quite adequately reloaded. In fact, it could be said they were re-energized, and this live set at Birdland, the

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In early 1961, the 16-member Count Basie band lost a few key soloists (Billy Mitchell, Joe Newman, and Al Grey), but that did not slow them down. By June of that year they quite adequately reloaded. In fact, it could be said they were re-energized, and this live set at Birdland, the self-proclaimed "Jazz Corner of the World," provides proof of how great they continued to be. Though the group was known for emphasizing sweet, slow, and soulful Kansas City-style numbers like "Blues Backstage," "Good Time Blues," and "I Needs to Be Bee'd With," there's a lot of hard-swinging big-band bop to enjoy. The first two pieces, "Little Pony" and the now correctly titled "Basie," get the ball rolling fervently, while "Blee Blop Blues" and the shortie "A Little Tempo Please" are en fuego. Vocalist Jon Hendricks scats up a storm on an over the top "Whirly-Bird" from the original issue, and there's an instrumental version later on. Classic numbers "Corner Pocket," the lengthy "Segue in C" (played twice), and "One O'Clock Jump" (appearing three times, including two set-closers clocking in at about a minute apiece) are peppered in. Often the crowd noise (perhaps the chatty band egging them on?) distracts greatly from Basie's lengthy piano discourses that set the pace for the band to chime in. At the end you get to hear a muffled band outro delivered by Pee Wee Marquette. This has always been one of the more enjoyable live recordings from Basie and company, and still can be easily recommended for novices as well as aficionados of his unflappable ability to swing a band like nobody else.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Toshiba Emi Japan
UPC:
4988006824713
catalogNumber:
9635
Rank:
244124

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Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano
Freddie Green   Guitar
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Jon Hendricks   Vocals
Lennie Johnson   Trumpet
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Frank Wess   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Eddie Jones   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Freddie Green   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Malcolm Addey   Remixing
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger,Composer
Frank Foster   Composer
Teddy Reig   Producer,Audio Production
Frank Wess   Composer

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