One O'Clock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie [Legacy]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
One O'Clock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie is an excellent compilation made of 14 tunes recorded between 1936 and 1942, an interesting choice when one considers that the years of these performances begin with the historic recording of "Oh, Lady Be Good" issued in 1936 in the midst of the Depression and extend through to the title cut, which was recorded as America was enmeshed in WWII. Despite the country's problems, the swingin' blues of Basie lived on. These tunes represent an unusually creative and inspired period for the bandleader, who held nothing but aces in his personnel. Lester Young was making a name for himself during these years and got his nickname "Pres" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
One O'Clock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie is an excellent compilation made of 14 tunes recorded between 1936 and 1942, an interesting choice when one considers that the years of these performances begin with the historic recording of "Oh, Lady Be Good" issued in 1936 in the midst of the Depression and extend through to the title cut, which was recorded as America was enmeshed in WWII. Despite the country's problems, the swingin' blues of Basie lived on. These tunes represent an unusually creative and inspired period for the bandleader, who held nothing but aces in his personnel. Lester Young was making a name for himself during these years and got his nickname "Pres" from the Basie period. Other notables were bassist Walter Page, drummer Jo Jones, trombonist Dicky Wells, and trumpeter Buck Clayton, just to name a few. The great guitarist Freddie Green was a Basie regular, as were Sweets Edison and Buddy Tate. Singer Jimmy Rushing appeared with the Basie band and reinvented the role of the vocalist in big bands with his expressive and mighty blues roar as heard on "Goin' to Chicago Blues." This was dance music created to be accessible to audiences, but Basie could also swing the blues hard -- check the live version of "Moten Swing," "Lester Leaps In," "Miss Thing, Pt. 1" and "Pt. 2.," and even the edited version of "Jumpin' at the Woodside" that closes the set. This is hard and tough roots music with plenty of soul, grit, and sweat, as well as artistic prowess in the solos and arrangements. John Hammond himself produced the vast majority of these cuts, and Skippy Martin arranged them. Basie was a bandleader of killer instinct and an ear for both his musicians' strengths and his audience's fickle heart. This is an excellent collection for anyone interested in checking out why Basie remains one of the giants. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2006
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 828768174425
  • Catalog Number: 81744
  • Sales rank: 253,399

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Primary Artist, Piano
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar, Guita Flé
Jo Jones Drums
Jimmy Rushing Vocals
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Walter Page Bass
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Shad Collins Trumpet
Ed Cuffee Trombone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Al Killian Trumpet
Dan Minor Trombone
Caughey Roberts Alto Saxophone
Eli Robinson Trombone
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Benny Morton's All Stars Trombone
Carl "Tatti" Smith Trumpet
Robert Scott Trombone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Count Basie Composer
Buck Clayton Arranger
Bennie Moten Composer
Jimmy Rushing Composer
Lester Young Composer
Andy Gibson Arranger
John Hammond Sr. Audio Production
Billy Bird Composer
Shad Collins Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Teddy McRae Composer
Buster Moten Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Henri Woode Arranger, Composer
John F. Hammond Producer
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