Count Basie, Lester Young and the Stars of Birdland On Tour: Recorded Live in Topeka, K

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Double-CD release of a February 1955 show from Topeka, KS, with Count Basie & His Orchestra on three numbers, backing Basie alumnus Lester Young on three more, and Joe Williams who had just joined the group on three songs including a jazzy version of "Shake, Rattle & Roll", Stan Getz on four numbers including an exciting version of "Little Pony", and Sarah Vaughan on eight songs. Additionally, the George Shearing Quintet featuring Toots Thielemans does seven numbers including a medley of Shearing hits, and the Erroll Garner Trio has a set, and two more Basie numbers with Joe Williams close the show. That's two hours of music, and while the initial burst of sound is ominously distorted, the audio quality ...
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Double-CD release of a February 1955 show from Topeka, KS, with Count Basie & His Orchestra on three numbers, backing Basie alumnus Lester Young on three more, and Joe Williams who had just joined the group on three songs including a jazzy version of "Shake, Rattle & Roll", Stan Getz on four numbers including an exciting version of "Little Pony", and Sarah Vaughan on eight songs. Additionally, the George Shearing Quintet featuring Toots Thielemans does seven numbers including a medley of Shearing hits, and the Erroll Garner Trio has a set, and two more Basie numbers with Joe Williams close the show. That's two hours of music, and while the initial burst of sound is ominously distorted, the audio quality settles down comfortably to a nice level with excellent fidelity. Young's sax, in particular, is up close and personal on "I'm Confessin'." Collectors will prize this artifact from the boom years for Birdland. ~ Scott Yanow & Bruce Eder
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/1996
  • Label: JAZZ CLASSICS
  • UPC: 604997501528
  • Catalog Number: 5015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lullaby of Birdland (0:42)
  2. 2 Why Not? - Count Basie Orchestra (2:31)
  3. 3 Basie Talks (3:56)
  4. 4 Jumpin' at the Woodside - Count Basie Orchestra (2:10)
  5. 5 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) - Count Basie Orchestra (2:29)
  6. 6 Every Tub - Count Basie Orchestra (2:51)
  7. 7 Every Day I Have the Blues - Count Basie Orchestra (5:11)
  8. 8 Shake, Rattle & Roll - Count Basie Orchestra (3:03)
  9. 9 Dinner with Friends - Count Basie Orchestra (7:09)
  10. 10 Lullaby of Birdland (2:28)
  11. 11 Shearing Hits Medley: East of the Sun; Roses of Picardy; I'll Remembe (2:58)
  12. 12 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (7:37)
  13. 13 George Shearing Speaks (1:54)
  14. 14 The Man I Love (5:18)
  15. 15 Yesterdays (5:17)
  16. 16 Mambo Inn (4:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Little Pony (2:05)
  2. 2 Easy Living (4:12)
  3. 3 Blues (I Still Think of Her) (3:47)
  4. 4 Blee Blop Blues (2:36)
  5. 5 I Get a Kick out of You (2:37)
  6. 6 Laura (3:13)
  7. 7 Idaho (3:09)
  8. 8 There's a Small Hotel (3:15)
  9. 9 Medley: Will You Still Be Mine?/Gypsy in My Soul (4:25)
  10. 10 'S Wonderful - Count Basie Orchestra (2:02)
  11. 11 It's Easy to Remember - Count Basie Orchestra (3:16)
  12. 12 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) - Count Basie Orchestra (2:07)
  13. 13 How Important Can It Be? - Count Basie Orchestra (2:55)
  14. 14 That Old Devil Moon - Count Basie Orchestra (3:11)
  15. 15 Idle Gossip - Count Basie Orchestra (3:51)
  16. 16 Make Yourself Comfortable - Sarah Vaughan & Her Trio (3:28)
  17. 17 Perdido/Lullabye of Birdland - Count Basie Orchestra (3:01)
  18. 18 Chris Crossed (2:18)
  19. 19 The Comeback - Topeka Encores (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Stan Getz Track Performer
Freddie Green Guitar
Thad Jones Trumpet
Joe Newman Trumpet
Marshall Royal Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
George Shearing Track Performer
Joe Williams Track Performer
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Joe Benjamin Bass
Henry Coker Trombone
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Bill Graham Alto Saxophone
Roy Haynes Drums
Bill Hughes Trombone
Jimmy Jones Piano
Sonny Payne Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Sarah Vaughan Track Performer
Frank Wess Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Jones Bass
Count Basie Orchestra Track Performer
Erroll Garner Trio Track Performer
Topeka Encores Track Performer
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
George Shearing Arranger
Lester Young Composer
Neal Hefti Arranger
Ahmad Kharab Salim Arranger, Composer
Mario Bauzá Composer
Peter Chatman Composer
Don Costa Arranger
Ernie Wilkins Arranger
Frank Foster Arranger
Charles Frazier Composer
Jimmy Jones Arranger
Toots Thielemans Contributor
Bobby Woodlen Composer
Hugo Ferretti Arranger
Pee Wee Marquette Contributor
Brooks Bowman Composer
Grace Sampson Composer
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