Ken Burns Jazz

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Only an orchestra with as rich and storied a history as Count Basie's could be labeled, in its pre and postwar embodiments, the Old and New Testament bands. But that's how long and strong jazz's greatest dance unit played for crowds the world over.The legend began in Kansas City in 1935, when Basie inherited Bennie Moten's gang and began to add swinging talent from the region. He then brought it to New York, expanded it further, and within no time saw it rise to the top of the big-band world. Its rebirth in the Fifties was a miracle, as virtually every other big band had dissolved for good. Its infectious beat was a constant, while a new stable of writers made it even more ...
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Only an orchestra with as rich and storied a history as Count Basie's could be labeled, in its pre and postwar embodiments, the Old and New Testament bands. But that's how long and strong jazz's greatest dance unit played for crowds the world over.The legend began in Kansas City in 1935, when Basie inherited Bennie Moten's gang and began to add swinging talent from the region. He then brought it to New York, expanded it further, and within no time saw it rise to the top of the big-band world. Its rebirth in the Fifties was a miracle, as virtually every other big band had dissolved for good. Its infectious beat was a constant, while a new stable of writers made it even more successful in the LP era than it had been before.
All Music Guide
With cooperation from the Verve and Columbia Legacy catalogs, the Ken Burns Jazz series on CD individually spotlights the musical excellence of 22 jazz originators whose careers and influence are explored in Burns' PBS documentary Jazz. The selections representing Count Basie open with an early-1932 recording from Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra immediately after Basie joined them eventually taking the helm from Moten. The set jumps ahead five years to the summer of 1937, highlighting several Decca sides including the classic Basie lineup with tenor saxophonist Lester Young on "One O'Clock Jump," "Jumpin' at the Woodside," "Doggin' Around," and "Cherokee," the two parts of the latter assembled together. The '40s are represented by only two tracks, the 1941-vintage "Goin' to Chicago" and "9:20 Special," both from the Columbia/OKeh library. The second half of the '40s were lean times for the band, which ended the decade temporarily paired down due to economics and a change in musical taste, and it wasn't until the early to mid-'50s that the orchestra gained momentum again, particularly in the wake of 1955's April in Paris on Verve and the Atomic Mr. Basie album on Roulette. Five sides from that decade finish out this set, culminating with "Lil' Darlin'" from Atomic Mr. Basie. It's impossible to sum up the history of Basie on a single disc -- after all, the man recorded for more than 50 years starting when Rudy Vallee was the new popular music heartthrob and was still working amid the ascendancy of MTV and acts like Culture Club. Still, some of Basie's highlights represented on Ken Burns Jazz should help novice listeners interested enough to continue searching out more material. There is nothing here for the aficionado, although the fresh remastering represents a sonic upgrade over the sound of earlier Basie compilations. It will come as no surprise to veteran listeners, however, that "Goin' to Chicago" from the Columbia/OKeh archive is the noisiest track here; whatever Columbia did with some of those masters, they didn't preserve them properly. ~ Al Campbell & Bruce Eder
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454909020
  • Catalog Number: 549090
  • Sales rank: 3,885

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Toby (3:29)
  2. 2 One O'Clock Jump (3:03)
  3. 3 John's Idea (2:57)
  4. 4 Topsy (3:15)
  5. 5 Jumpin' at the Woodside (3:10)
  6. 6 Swingin' the Blues (2:48)
  7. 7 Blue and Sentimental (3:13)
  8. 8 Doggin' Around (3:05)
  9. 9 Dark Rapture (2:41)
  10. 10 Cherokee, Pts. 1 & 2 (6:19)
  11. 11 Goin' to Chicago Blues (3:24)
  12. 12 Jive at Five (2:52)
  13. 13 9:20 Special (3:13)
  14. 14 Soflty With Feeling (3:08)
  15. 15 Corner Pocket (5:17)
  16. 16 April in Paris (3:49)
  17. 17 Every Day I Have the Blues (5:29)
  18. 18 Shiny Stockings (5:16)
  19. 19 Lil' Darlin' (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar
Helen Humes Vocals
Jo Jones Drums
Thad Jones Trumpet
Joe Newman Trumpet
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Barefield Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Benny Morton Trombone
Joe Wilder Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Walter Page Bass
Leroy Berry Guitar
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Henry Coker Trombone
Eddie Durham Guitar, Trombone
Ernie Wilkins Alto Saxophone
Herschel Evans Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
George Hunt Trombone
Gus Johnson Drums
Reunald Jones Trumpet
Joe Keyes Trumpet
Dan Minor Trombone
Hot Lips Page Trumpet
Sonny Payne Drums
Benny Powell Trombone
Dee Stewart Trumpet
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Frank Wess Tenor Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Bob Moore Trumpet
Technical Credits
Memphis Slim Composer
Count Basie Composer
Harry "Sweets" Edison Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Freddie Green Composer
Bennie Moten Composer
Jimmy Rushing Composer
Eddie Barefield Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Jimmy Mundy Arranger
Edgar Sampson Composer
Buster Smith Arranger
Don Redman Arranger
Peter Chatman Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Eddie Durham Composer
Herschel Evans Composer
Frank Foster Composer
Manny Kurtz Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Edgar Battle Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
Mack David Composer
Donald Wolf Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Good "Basic" Basie

    As with all Ken Burns' material, there is historical perspective included in the selection of tracks. The best part of this collection is that the tracks are in chronological order and one can hear a progression in the development of Count Basie. Overall, a worthy addition to anyone's collection.

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