Swing Shift

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Rolling on into the neo-swing era, the Basie band under the leadership of Grover Mitchell continues to display a spirit most unlike that of your average ghost band. More encouragingly to the point, the band is playing mostly new pieces here, seven from the pen of Allyn Ferguson and four from longtime Basie band trumpeter Bob Ojeda. Some are really nice entries, like Ferguson's "Easy Go" and "Blues For Royalty" the latter is quintessential Basie blues, some take the band a bit outside the Count's sound which is also good, none are less than accomplished although the deadweight drum solo of "Drum Thing" makes that one an exception. Only three older standards populate ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Rolling on into the neo-swing era, the Basie band under the leadership of Grover Mitchell continues to display a spirit most unlike that of your average ghost band. More encouragingly to the point, the band is playing mostly new pieces here, seven from the pen of Allyn Ferguson and four from longtime Basie band trumpeter Bob Ojeda. Some are really nice entries, like Ferguson's "Easy Go" and "Blues For Royalty" the latter is quintessential Basie blues, some take the band a bit outside the Count's sound which is also good, none are less than accomplished although the deadweight drum solo of "Drum Thing" makes that one an exception. Only three older standards populate the disc - Billy Eckstine's "Lonesome Lover Blues," Ray Noble's "The Very Thought Of You," and a seeming leftover from Count Plays Duke, Billy Strayhorn's "Blood Count." Yet despite the solid, sturdy ensemble sound and agile soloing, one still has to admit that this edition of the band cannot quite get itself to roar and erupt with the same force as even earlier post-Basie editions could.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Mama Records
  • UPC: 734956102722
  • Catalog Number: 1027
  • Sales rank: 211,284

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Burnin' (3:08)
  2. 2 Easy Go (4:39)
  3. 3 Four for Basie (2:58)
  4. 4 Lonesome Lover Blues (3:07)
  5. 5 Swee' Pea (4:45)
  6. 6 Walkin' Proud (4:49)
  7. 7 Drum Thing (5:54)
  8. 8 Warm Velvet (4:15)
  9. 9 Blues for Royalty (8:12)
  10. 10 The Very Thought of You (3:39)
  11. 11 Road Runner (2:29)
  12. 12 Rompin' and Rollin' (2:40)
  13. 13 Blood Count (4:20)
  14. 14 Blues on Top (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie Orchestra Primary Artist, Track Performer
Grover Mitchell Trombone, Conductor
Clarence Banks Trombone
Kenny Hing Tenor Saxophone
Brad Leali Alto, Alto Saxophone
James Leary Bass
Butch Miles Drums
Bob Ojeda Trumpet
John Williams Baritone Saxophone
Michael Williams Trumpet
Debbie Smith Dancer
Grover Mitchell & His Orchestra Trombone, Conductor
John Williams Baritone Saxophone
Shawn Carter Dancer
Steve Garrett Dancer
Christopher Murrell Vocals
Alvin Walker II Trombone
Will Matthews Guitar
Doug Miller Tenor Saxophone
Michael Williams Trumpet
Terence Conley Piano
Count Basie Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Billy Eckstine Composer
Bill Holman Composer
Grover Mitchell Producer
Allyn Ferguson Arranger, Producer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Gene Czerwinski Executive Producer
Douglas Evans Producer, Executive Producer
Dan Ferguson Producer
Bones Howe Engineer
Bob Ojeda Arranger
Bobby Tucker Arranger
Gerald Valentine Composer
Aaron A. Woodward Executive Producer
Grover Mitchell & His Orchestra Producer, Direction
Rich Breen Mastering
Kirk Silsbee Liner Notes
Armond Bagdasarian Art Direction
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