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Count Basie & Friends: 100th Birthday Bash
     

Count Basie & Friends: 100th Birthday Bash

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by Count Basie
 
Count Basie & Friends: 100th Birthday Bash is, quite simply, a stunningly remastered double-disc collection of Basie collaborations and presentations of smaller subgroups under his umbrella during his tenure with Roulette and recorded in the late '50s, though a couple of sides ("I Want a Little Girl" and "The Late Late Show") were issued originally on Capitol -

Overview

Count Basie & Friends: 100th Birthday Bash is, quite simply, a stunningly remastered double-disc collection of Basie collaborations and presentations of smaller subgroups under his umbrella during his tenure with Roulette and recorded in the late '50s, though a couple of sides ("I Want a Little Girl" and "The Late Late Show") were issued originally on Capitol -- with Nat King Cole fronting the Basie band and Gerald Wiggins instead of the Count on piano. This set improves upon the CD issue by Ember with eight additional cuts and far better sound. The tunes -- with arrangements by saxophonist Frank Foster, Neal Hefti, Jimmy Mundy, Quincy Jones, Benny Carter, and others -- are a mix of vocal cuts with guests such as Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Tony Bennett, Irene Reid, Sarah Vaughan, and (of course) the band's own singer, Joe Williams. Whether it's a duet like "Teach Me Tonight" between Vaughan and Williams, Billy Eckstine singing "Lonesome Lover Blues" and Ben Webster soloing on the same tune, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross vocalizing on "Jumping at the Woodside," or the burning version of "April in Paris" recorded live in Sweden with an arrangement by Wild Bill Davis, this set cooks from top to bottom and is an excellent -- even stellar -- view of the Basie orchestra during a very creative and fertile period.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724357966627
catalogNumber:
79666

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano
Tony Bennett   Vocals
Billy Eckstine   Vocals
Harry Edison   Soloist,Guest Appearance
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Illinois Jacquet   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Herbie Mann   Flute
Billy Mitchell   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Shirley Scott   Organ
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Gerald Wiggins   Piano
Joe Williams   Vocals
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Irene Reid   Vocals
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
George Duvivier   Bass
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross   Vocals
Aarons   Trumpet
Butch Ballard   Drums
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Nat King Cole   Vocals
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Eric Dixon   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Andy Fitzgerald   Flute
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Flip Ricard   Trumpet
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Kirk Stuart   Piano
Frank Wess   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Eddie Jones   Bass
John Anderson   Trumpet
Joe Newman Quartet   Trumpet
Ike Isaacs Trio   Bass

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Freddie Green   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer
Thad Jones   Arranger
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
Neal Hefti   Arranger,Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger
Ralph Sharon   Arranger
Wild Bill Davis   Arranger
George Williams   Arranger
Vernon Duke   Composer
George Duvivier   Contributor
Frank Loesser   Composer
Benny Carter   Arranger
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Frank Foster   Arranger
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Arranger
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
Teddy Reig   Producer,Audio Production
Bobby Tucker   Arranger
Gerald Valentine   Composer
Billy Vera   Liner Notes
Harry Warren   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Murray Mencher   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
James Oliver Young   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Murray Berlin   Composer
Don Wolf   Composer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
James Mundy   Composer
Dave Cavanaugh   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Dar Shan   Composer

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