Big Boss Band

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This project had its genesis back in 1983 with a Benson promise to Count Basie that he would record an album in his style, a promise partially fulfilled the following year with 20/20's "Beyond the Sea." Focusing on standards that steer commendably clear from tunes normally associated with Basie, Benson takes on the dual challenge of big-band singer and lead guitarist and succeeds with authority in both roles. The robust playing of the Basie band under Frank Foster poses absolutely no problems for Benson's muscular guitar, for he punches out the notes and octaves in irresistibly swinging fashion for prime mature Benson, check out "Basie's Bag". As a vocalist, he sounds...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This project had its genesis back in 1983 with a Benson promise to Count Basie that he would record an album in his style, a promise partially fulfilled the following year with 20/20's "Beyond the Sea." Focusing on standards that steer commendably clear from tunes normally associated with Basie, Benson takes on the dual challenge of big-band singer and lead guitarist and succeeds with authority in both roles. The robust playing of the Basie band under Frank Foster poses absolutely no problems for Benson's muscular guitar, for he punches out the notes and octaves in irresistibly swinging fashion for prime mature Benson, check out "Basie's Bag". As a vocalist, he sounds solid and debonair, blending well with Basie vocalist Carmen Bradford on "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" There are two deviations from the format, though. "Baby Workout" starts out as an electronic dance number, augmented by horns, that harks back to his run of routine '80s albums. The sole Robert Farnon-arranged track, a lush orchestral treatment of "Portrait of Jennie" recorded in London, was salvaged from an aborted project that was promised back in 1988. Clearly Benson had wrestled control of his music from the accountants, and though the direction is conservative, it makes better use of his talents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140262928
  • Catalog Number: 2629
  • Sales rank: 73,130

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Without a Song - Count Basie Orchestra (4:11)
  2. 2 Ready Now That You Are - Count Basie Orchestra (5:50)
  3. 3 How Do You Keep the Music Playing? - Count Basie Orchestra (5:04)
  4. 4 On Green Dolphin Street - Count Basie Orchestra (4:08)
  5. 5 Baby Workout - Count Basie Orchestra (3:51)
  6. 6 I Only Have Eyes for You - Count Basie Orchestra (2:57)
  7. 7 Portrait of Jennie - Count Basie Orchestra (4:29)
  8. 8 Walkin' My Baby Back Home - Count Basie Orchestra (3:04)
  9. 9 Skylark - Robert Farnon Orchestra (5:07)
  10. 10 Basie's Bag - Count Basie Orchestra (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Benson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Count Basie Track Performer
Ron Carter Bass
Jon Faddis Horn, Group Member
Lew Soloff Horn, Group Member
Terry Burrus Keyboards
Cleveland Eaton Group Member
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Carmen Bradford Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Clarence Banks Group Member
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Randy Brecker Horn, Group Member
Carl Carter Group Member
Barry J. Eastmond Piano, Keyboards
Larry Farrell Horn, Group Member
Paul Faulise Horn, Group Member
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Earl Gardner Horn, Group Member
David Glasser Alto Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Kenny Hing Group Member
Duffy Jackson Group Member
Charlton Johnson Group Member
Keith O'Quinn Horn, Group Member
Bob Ojeda Trumpet, Soloist, Group Member
Byron Stripling Trumpet, Soloist, Group Member
Richard Tee keyboard bass
Mel Wanzo Group Member
David Witham Keyboards
James Pugh Horn, Group Member
George Cohen Group Member
William Hughes Group Member
Tim "T-Bone" Williams Trombone
Eith O'Quinn Horn
Mike "Love" Williams Group Member
Little Johnny Williams Group Member
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Count Basie Contributor
George Benson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Michel Legrand Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
George Cohn Contributor
Robert Farnon Arranger
Robert Farnon Orchestra Contributor
Frank Foster Arranger, Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Douglas Miller Contributor
Bob Ojeda Arranger
William Skip Rose Composer
David Russell Engineer
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Al Schmitt Producer, Engineer
Jeff Toone Engineer
Roy Turk Composer
Danny Turner Contributor
John Williams [double bass] Contributor
Mike Williams Contributor
Peter Darmi Engineer
Mary Ann Dibs Art Direction
Robin Lynch grooming
Dave Russell Engineer
Alonzo Tucker Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Doug Miller Contributor
Billy Rose Composer
New York Horns Contributor
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