Chairman of the Board

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Although it appeared at a time when Count Basie was enjoying respect from all quarters as evidenced by the pop acclaim of several Grammy awards and the jazz faithful's enthusiasm for his concert at Newport, Chairman of the Board was, comparatively, a low-profile session. The record was surrounded in Basie's discography by several prize-winners and a parade of studio collaborations -- with vocalists Tony Bennett, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and Billy Eckstine, plus arranger Neal Hefti. This 1958 date for Roulette was a rare chance for the orchestra to perform on its own, and listeners to hear how powerful the band could be when its concentration was undiverted. Of course, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Although it appeared at a time when Count Basie was enjoying respect from all quarters as evidenced by the pop acclaim of several Grammy awards and the jazz faithful's enthusiasm for his concert at Newport, Chairman of the Board was, comparatively, a low-profile session. The record was surrounded in Basie's discography by several prize-winners and a parade of studio collaborations -- with vocalists Tony Bennett, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and Billy Eckstine, plus arranger Neal Hefti. This 1958 date for Roulette was a rare chance for the orchestra to perform on its own, and listeners to hear how powerful the band could be when its concentration was undiverted. Of course, Basie's band already possessed three fine arrangers Frank Foster, Thad Jones, and Frank Wess and at least a dozen solo voices. Each of the ten songs on Chairman of the Board were originals by Foster, Jones, Wess, or Ernie Wilkins, all of them arranged by the composer. The record is admittedly heavy on the blues, but it's a brassy, powerful vision of the blues; Foster's "Blues in Hoss' Flat" and Wilkins' "Kansas City Shout" take the band back to its hometown, beginning with a subtle swing but ending with a raucous display of power from each section. The contributions by Jones and Wess provide a necessary complement to that forceful swing. Jones' "Speaking of Sounds" employs the woodwinds to provide color and texture, while Wess' "Segue in C" relies on bassist Eddie Jones and Basie's piano to lead the band while Wess himself takes several choruses on alto sax. A dynamic date, it shows the "new testament" edition of Basie's orchestra in top form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724358166422
  • Catalog Number: 816641

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues in Hoss' Flat (3:13)
  2. 2 H.R.H. (Her Royal Highness) (2:40)
  3. 3 Segue in C (6:15)
  4. 4 Kansas City Shout (3:34)
  5. 5 Speaking of Sounds (3:27)
  6. 6 TV Time (3:16)
  7. 7 Who, Me? (5:13)
  8. 8 The Deacon (4:50)
  9. 9 Half Moon Street (3:25)
  10. 10 Mutt & Jeff (3:39)
  11. 11 Fair and Warmer (3:35)
  12. 12 Moten Swing (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist, Piano
Freddie Green Guitar
Al Grey Trombone
Thad Jones Trumpet
Billy Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Marshall Royal Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Henry Coker Trombone
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Payne Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Frank Wess Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet
Eddie Jones Bass
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Harry James Composer
Thad Jones Arranger, Composer
Bennie Moten Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Ernie Wilkins Arranger, Composer
Frank Foster Arranger, Composer
Jack McDuff Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Buster Moten Composer
Teddy Reig Producer
Frank Wess Arranger, Composer
Henry Wells Composer
Burton Yount Reissue Design
Bob Bernotas Liner Notes
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