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

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

by Count Basie
     
 

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…  See more details below

Overview

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:
12/03/1996
Label:
JAZZ CLASSICS
UPC:
0604997501528
catalogNumber:
5015

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Lullaby of Birdland
  2. Why Not?
  3. Basie Talks
  4. Jumpin' at the Woodside
  5. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  6. Every Tub
  7. Every Day I Have the Blues
  8. Shake, Rattle & Roll
  9. Dinner with Friends
  10. Lullaby of Birdland
  11. Shearing Hits Medley: East of the Sun; Roses of Picardy; I'll Remembe
  12. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
  13. George Shearing Speaks
  14. The Man I Love
  15. Yesterdays
  16. Mambo Inn

Disc 2

  1. Little Pony
  2. Easy Living
  3. Blues (I Still Think of Her)
  4. Blee Blop Blues
  5. I Get a Kick out of You
  6. Laura
  7. Idaho
  8. There's a Small Hotel
  9. Medley: Will You Still Be Mine?/Gypsy in My Soul
  10. 'S Wonderful
  11. It's Easy to Remember
  12. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
  13. How Important Can It Be?
  14. That Old Devil Moon
  15. Idle Gossip
  16. Make Yourself Comfortable
  17. Perdido/Lullabye of Birdland
  18. Chris Crossed
  19. The Comeback

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   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
Charlie 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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