The Big Band: A Tribute to Basie

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Organist Jimmy McGriff's debut recording for the Solid State label which has been reissued on a 1996 Laserlight CD was also his first of many with a big band. McGriff pays tribute to the Count Basie Orchestra by performing ten songs from the Basie book both of the 1940s and '50s with a large group that includes many Basie veterans. The orchestra is mostly used as a prop, however, for McGriff is generally the main soloist on such tunes as Buster Harding's "Hob Nail Boogie," "Swingin' the Blues," "Cute," "Avenue C" and "L'il Darlin.'" Matching the leader's powerful organ with a big band was a logical idea and one that would be successfully repeated quite a few times in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Organist Jimmy McGriff's debut recording for the Solid State label which has been reissued on a 1996 Laserlight CD was also his first of many with a big band. McGriff pays tribute to the Count Basie Orchestra by performing ten songs from the Basie book both of the 1940s and '50s with a large group that includes many Basie veterans. The orchestra is mostly used as a prop, however, for McGriff is generally the main soloist on such tunes as Buster Harding's "Hob Nail Boogie," "Swingin' the Blues," "Cute," "Avenue C" and "L'il Darlin.'" Matching the leader's powerful organ with a big band was a logical idea and one that would be successfully repeated quite a few times in the future. This budget CD gives one a good sampling of Jimmy McGriff's playing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2006
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 094636464428
  • Catalog Number: 64644
  • Sales rank: 82,036

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hob Nail Boogie (2:28)
  2. 2 Cherry Point (3:57)
  3. 3 Swingin' the Blues (3:47)
  4. 4 Cute (3:29)
  5. 5 Every Day I Have the Blues (4:07)
  6. 6 Blues Go Away (3:34)
  7. 7 Avenue C (2:58)
  8. 8 Il Darlin' (4:32)
  9. 9 Splanky (3:17)
  10. 10 Slow But Sure (4:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy McGriff Primary Artist, Organ
Eddie Bert Trombone
Richard Davis Bass
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Thad Jones Trumpet
Mel Lewis Drums
Billy Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Alto Saxophone
Seldon Powell Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Grady Tate Drums
Manny Albam Conductor
Wayne Andre Trombone
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Burt Collins Trumpet
Paul Faulise Trombone
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Dick Hixson Trombone
J. Alan Johnson Trombone
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Tom McIntosh Trombone
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Tony Studd Bass Trombone
Frank Wess Alto Saxophone
Joe Newman Quartet Trumpet
Richard Gene Williams Trumpet
Technical Credits
Memphis Slim Composer
Buck Clayton Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Manny Albam Arranger, Composer
Eddie Durham Composer
Ernie Wilkins Composer
Sonny Lester Producer, Audio Production
Ron McMaster Mastering
Bob Porter Liner Notes
Phil Ramone Engineer
Buster Harding Composer
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