Jazz Casual: Sing and Swing

Jazz Casual: Sing and Swing

by Count Basie
     
 
Count Basie is heard in a relatively rare small-group session with longtime guitarist Freddie Green, drummer Sonny Payne, and bassist Norman Keenan. Without seeing the video of Count Basie's television appearance on Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual (which is available on both

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Count Basie is heard in a relatively rare small-group session with longtime guitarist Freddie Green, drummer Sonny Payne, and bassist Norman Keenan. Without seeing the video of Count Basie's television appearance on Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual (which is available on both VHS and DVD from Rhino), it is impossible to realize why so many of the pianist's performances end so abruptly. The problem is that the host parked himself comfortably close to the piano throughout the show, disrupting things somewhat, which is strange since Gleason had already produced quite a few shows prior to this 1968 telecast. Several of the pieces are very enjoyable untitled improvised blues, while "Handful of Keys," "Squeeze Me," and "If I Could Be With You" all end far too soon. Regardless of the frustration with the brevity of the songs heard, Gleason does elicit some interesting comments during the interview segments. Basie fans will ignore the program's flaws and enjoy a rare chance to hear the pianist away from his big band. Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan show a surprising lack of ego during their 29-minute broadcast, as the first two pieces are an instrumental blues by pianist Gildo Mahones (with bassist George Tucker and drummer Jimmy Smith) and the lively gospel-flavored "Another Get Together," a feature for soprano saxophonist Pony Poindexter with the Mahones Trio. Following Gleason's enlightening interview with Jon Hendricks, the chemistry of the singers is superb in "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," while Yolanda Bavan's superb scatting in "Shiny Stockings" is the set's highlight. Because of the relatively few recordings by Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan (they broke up just two years after Bavan replaced Annie Ross), fans of vocalese will welcome the addition of this previously unavailable recording to their brief discography.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923856825
catalogNumber:
8568
Rank:
263853

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Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano
Freddie Green   Guitar
Dave Lambert   Vocals,Track Performer
Pony Poindexter   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Yolande Bavan   Vocals
Jon Hendricks   Vocals
Norman Keenan   Bass
Gildo Mahones   Piano
Sonny Payne   Drums
Jimmie Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

James P. Johnson   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Liner Notes
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Donald Elfman   Producer
Ralph J. Gleason   Producer,Liner Notes
Naomi Yoshii   Producer
Colleen Cody   Reissue Design
Jimmy Harris   Composer

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