Joe Williams' Finest Hour

Joe Williams' Finest Hour

by Count Basie
     
 

This is basically the budget version of the more comprehensive Every Day: The Best of the Verve Years anthology. While Verve could have easily compiled a better 60 minutes by sticking to Williams' '50s recordings with Count Basie, Joe Williams' Finest Hour shoots for the broader picture, from Williams' pre-Basie big-band workSee more details below

Overview

This is basically the budget version of the more comprehensive Every Day: The Best of the Verve Years anthology. While Verve could have easily compiled a better 60 minutes by sticking to Williams' '50s recordings with Count Basie, Joe Williams' Finest Hour shoots for the broader picture, from Williams' pre-Basie big-band work from the late '40s to his swingin'-senior-citizen days of the '80s and '90s. (Still, this is not exactly a retrospective, as there's a 30-year gap between Williams' last Verve session with Basie and the next record he cut for the label, 1987's Every Night). Overall, Finest Hour is a decent sampling of Williams' many stylistic hats -- swinging, scatting, balladeering, and blues-shouting. On half of the tracks, he fronts a big band (either Basie's or Andy Kirk's); on the other half, he sings slow blues or pop ballads (ranging from sublime to syrupy) with a small combo. Not a bad "finest hour," but if you're looking for a finer one, try Blue Note's The Best of Joe Williams.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0731454967426
catalogNumber:
549674

Tracks

  1. All Right, O.K., You Win  - Joe Williams
  2. Teach Me Tonight  - Joe Williams
  3. Smack Dab in the Middle  - Joe Williams
  4. Roll 'Em Pete  - Joe Williams
  5. Jimmy's Blues  - Joe Williams
  6. I Want a Little Girl  - Joe Williams
  7. Party Blues  - Joe Williams
  8. Louella  - Joe Williams
  9. I Don't Like You No More  - Joe Williams
  10. The Come Back  - Joe Williams
  11. Too Good to Be True  - Joe Williams
  12. Ev'ry Day  - Joe Williams
  13. Winter Wonderland  - Joe Williams
  14. Is You Is or Is You Ain'r My Baby?  - Joe Williams
  15. Now You Tell Me  - Joe Williams
  16. Every Day I Have the Blues  - Joe Williams

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano
Ted Dunbar   Electric Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Hank Jones   Piano
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Marlena Shaw   Vocals
Norman Simmons   Piano
Joe Williams   Vocals
Seldon Powell   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Charles Ables   Bass
Bob Badgley   Bass
Kenny Burrell   Acoustic Guitar
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Gerryck King   Drums
John Lynch   Trumpet
Dennis Mackrel   Drums
Sonny Payne   Drums
Reuben Phillips   Alto Saxophone
John Porter   Baritone Saxophone
Benny Powell   Trombone
Flip Ricard   Trumpet
Milt Robinson   Trombone
Floyd Smith   Guitar
Ben Thigpen   Drums
Efrain Toro   Percussion
Frank Wess   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Jones   Bass
Bob Murray   Trombone
Paul E. West   Bass

Technical Credits

Big Joe Turner   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Peter Johnson   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Norman Simmons   Arranger
Joe Williams   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Frank Foster   Arranger
Peter Keepnews   Notes Editing
Johnny Pate   Arranger
Dick Smith   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Bill Austin   Composer
Larry Markes   Composer
Jeff Willens   Mastering
Mayme Watts   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer
Justin Stone   Composer
L.C. Frasier   Composer

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