Count Basie in London

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
First off, this album is inaccurately titled. Though the cover photo shows Count Basie with two lavishly dressed Brits, the recording was done in its entirety from a 1956 concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. Why it was titled thusly is anyone's guess. As far as the music, it represents the Basie band in a classic time period, playing many well-known, long-lasting, and beloved tunes that everybody will recognize. It's also a band loaded with legendary Basie sidemen like Freddie Green, Sonny Payne, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Joe Newman, Marshall Royal, Charlie Fowlkes, and on three tracks, Joe Williams. The warm, effusive, happy jazz of Count Basie is well recorded...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
First off, this album is inaccurately titled. Though the cover photo shows Count Basie with two lavishly dressed Brits, the recording was done in its entirety from a 1956 concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. Why it was titled thusly is anyone's guess. As far as the music, it represents the Basie band in a classic time period, playing many well-known, long-lasting, and beloved tunes that everybody will recognize. It's also a band loaded with legendary Basie sidemen like Freddie Green, Sonny Payne, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Joe Newman, Marshall Royal, Charlie Fowlkes, and on three tracks, Joe Williams. The warm, effusive, happy jazz of Count Basie is well recorded with distinction, presence, good stereo separation, and the restrained yet punchy sound Basie always presented with dignified class. Whether it's the trombones taking over on "Jumpin' at the Woodside," the low-key sonance of "Shiny Stockings," the roaring horns during "A Foggy Day," or the under two-minute, hard-charging "One O'Clock Jump," this music is all immediately identifiable and unmistakably Basie. Buster Harding's "Nails" is a blues jam with Green's strumming more audible amidst the echoes of the repeat traditional instrumental line of "my mama done told me" paraphrased from "Blues in the Night," while the Ernie Wilkins feature for Frank Foster, "Flute Juice," is a nimble excursion based on the changes of "I Got Rhythm." With Williams, the band backs the erudite deep-throated singer on a choogling "Alright, Okay, You Win," the quick "Roll 'Em Pete" where the singer jives about his "gal way up on the hill", and "The Comeback" where Williams declares his return to his baby over a stairstep construct. "Corner Pocket" remains the ultimate signature head-nodding Basie tune, but "Blee Blop Blues" might be seen as a jab or tease at bop, when it is solidly in that genre. Four extra tracks are included on the CD version, including and up-and-down version of "Yesterdays," a cute, medium-tempo untitled jam with Basie's piano firmly stamped on it, the explosively crazy three-minute Wilkins ditty "Sixteen Men Swinging," and Neal Hefti's "Plymouth Rock," which is a more lyrical vehicle, easygoing and trumpet-infused possibly Thad Jones, although he's unidentified as the soloist. This solid document of Count Basie's "hits" come highly recommended, despite the disingenuous marketing ploy of it being based somewhere else.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042283380523
  • Catalog Number: 833805

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jumpin' at the Woodside - Count Basie Orchestra (3:38)
  2. 2 Shiny Stockings - Count Basie Orchestra (5:19)
  3. 3 How High the Moon - Count Basie Orchestra (3:37)
  4. 4 Nails - Count Basie Orchestra (6:24)
  5. 5 Flute Juice - Count Basie Orchestra (3:09)
  6. 6 One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie Orchestra (1:39)
  7. 7 Alright, Okay, You Win - Count Basie Orchestra (2:50)
  8. 8 Roll 'em Pete - Count Basie Orchestra (2:32)
  9. 9 The Comeback - Count Basie Orchestra (4:08)
  10. 10 Blues Backstage - Count Basie Orchestra (4:27)
  11. 11 Corner Pocket - Count Basie Orchestra (4:45)
  12. 12 Blee Blop Blues (2:26)
  13. 13 Yesterdays - Count Basie Orchestra (3:16)
  14. 14 Untitled - Count Basie Orchestra (5:11)
  15. 15 Sixteen Men Swinging - Count Basie Orchestra (2:48)
  16. 16 Plymouth Rock - Count Basie Orchestra (6:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist, Piano
Freddie Green Guitar
Thad Jones Trumpet
Joe Newman Trumpet
Marshall Royal Reeds
Joe Williams Vocals
Matthew Gee Trombone
Henry Coker Trombone
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Frank Foster Reeds
Charlie Fowlkes Reeds
Bill Graham Reeds
Reunald Jones Trumpet
Sonny Payne Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Frank Wess Reeds
Eddie Jones Bass
Count Basie Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Ahmad Kharab Salim Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Richard Seidel Contributor
Dennis Drake Remastering
Seth Rothstein Contributor
Sheldon Marks Art Direction
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