Joe Williams' Finest Hour

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All Music Guide - Ken Chang
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Chang
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: 6/5/2001
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731454967426
  • Catalog Number: 549674
  • Sales rank: 264,169

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All Right, O.K., You Win - Joe Williams (3:05)
  2. 2 Teach Me Tonight - Joe Williams (3:04)
  3. 3 Smack Dab in the Middle - Joe Williams (3:38)
  4. 4 Roll 'Em Pete - Joe Williams (3:13)
  5. 5 Jimmy's Blues - Joe Williams (3:28)
  6. 6 I Want a Little Girl - Joe Williams (2:41)
  7. 7 Party Blues - Joe Williams (4:00)
  8. 8 Louella - Joe Williams (3:09)
  9. 9 I Don't Like You No More - Joe Williams (2:40)
  10. 10 The Come Back - Joe Williams (5:31)
  11. 11 Too Good to Be True - Joe Williams (4:23)
  12. 12 Ev'ry Day - Joe Williams (3:46)
  13. 13 Winter Wonderland - Joe Williams (4:23)
  14. 14 Is You Is or Is You Ain'r My Baby? - Joe Williams (6:14)
  15. 15 Now You Tell Me - Joe Williams (2:57)
  16. 16 Every Day I Have the Blues - Joe Williams (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist, Piano
Ted Dunbar Electric Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Freddie Green Guitar
Al 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
Pete 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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