Count Basie & Friends: 100th Birthday Bash

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724357966627
  • Catalog Number: 79666

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Whirly-Birds - Count Basie Orchestra (3:52)
  2. 2 Goin' to Chicago Blues - Count Basie Orchestra (4:12)
  3. 3 Cute - Count Basie Orchestra (3:13)
  4. 4 I Want a Little Girl - Count Basie Orchestra (2:51)
  5. 5 Teach Me Tonight - Count Basie Orchestra (2:53)
  6. 6 The Late Late Show - Count Basie Orchestra (2:52)
  7. 7 Lonesome Lover Blues - Count Basie Orchestra (3:11)
  8. 8 Blue and Sentimental - Ben Webster (3:36)
  9. 9 Trav'lin' Light - Count Basie Orchestra (3:54)
  10. 10 Farouk - Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (5:24)
  11. 11 For Lena and Lennie - Count Basie Orchestra (3:51)
  12. 12 Untouchable - Count Basie Orchestra (3:17)
  13. 13 Everyday (I Have the Blues) - Count Basie Orchestra (4:44)
  14. 14 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face - Count Basie Orchestra (3:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Jumpin' at the Woodside - Count Basie Orchestra (3:21)
  2. 2 Li'l Darlin' - Count Basie Orchestra (4:50)
  3. 3 If I Were a Bell - Count Basie Orchestra (2:45)
  4. 4 Splanky - Count Basie Orchestra (3:38)
  5. 5 Ain't No Use - Count Basie Orchestra (2:58)
  6. 6 Until I Met You - Count Basie Orchestra (2:52)
  7. 7 She's Funny That Way - Illinois Jacquet (3:17)
  8. 8 The Late, Late Show - Count Basie Orchestra (2:35)
  9. 9 Jeepers Creepers - Count Basie Orchestra (2:09)
  10. 10 Jelly, Jelly - Count Basie Orchestra (3:05)
  11. 11 Katy-Do - Count Basie Orchestra (4:24)
  12. 12 Save Your Love for Me - Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (3:59)
  13. 13 April in Paris - Count Basie Orchestra (3:38)
  14. 14 One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie Orchestra (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist, Piano
Tony Bennett Vocals
Billy Eckstine Vocals
Harry "Sweets" Edison Soloist, Guest Appearance
Freddie Green Guitar
Al 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
Al 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
Ron McMaster Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!

    Great Fidelity and Selection

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