The Big Band, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Producer Norman Granz conceived the pairing of Milt Jackson with Count Basie, first on stage at Montreux in a small group, then in the studio with the pianist's full band for this 1978 session, which produced two albums' worth of music. Although Basie had never before used a vibraphonist with his band, Jackson proves to be an excellent fit. In fact, the two men are the only soloists on this release, aside from tenor saxophonist Eric Dixon's contribution to "The Comeback." Except for the jointly composed "Blues for Joe Turner," all of the music comes from the Basie bandbook. Jackson romps through Ernie Wilkins' "Basie," yet manages to restrain himself from too many rapid runs...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Producer Norman Granz conceived the pairing of Milt Jackson with Count Basie, first on stage at Montreux in a small group, then in the studio with the pianist's full band for this 1978 session, which produced two albums' worth of music. Although Basie had never before used a vibraphonist with his band, Jackson proves to be an excellent fit. In fact, the two men are the only soloists on this release, aside from tenor saxophonist Eric Dixon's contribution to "The Comeback." Except for the jointly composed "Blues for Joe Turner," all of the music comes from the Basie bandbook. Jackson romps through Ernie Wilkins' "Basie," yet manages to restrain himself from too many rapid runs in Neal Hefti's signature tune "Li'l' Darlin'." The only oddity about this remarkable CD, which adds an alternate take of "Corner Pocket" left off of the LP, is the choice of cover photo, featuring a blurry Basie and Jackson, the latter with a somewhat bemused expression.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/1992
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218674027
  • Catalog Number: 740
  • Sales rank: 130,775

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Come Back - Count Basie Big Band (5:13)
  2. 2 Basie - Count Basie Big Band (4:34)
  3. 3 Corner Pocket - Count Basie Big Band (5:07)
  4. 4 Lady in Lace - Count Basie Big Band (4:36)
  5. 5 Blues for Joe Turner - Count Basie Big Band (4:42)
  6. 6 Good Time Blues - Count Basie Big Band (3:32)
  7. 7 Lil' Darlin' - Count Basie Big Band (3:07)
  8. 8 Big Stuff - Count Basie Big Band (3:25)
  9. 9 Blue and Sentimental - Count Basie Big Band (2:40)
  10. 10 Corner Pocket - Count Basie Big Band (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Milt Jackson Primary Artist, Vibes, Track Performer
Count Basie Piano, Track Performer
Freddie Green Guitar
Pete Minger Trumpet
Big Band Track Performer
Lin Biviano Trumpet
John Clayton Bass
Sonny Cohn Trumpet
Eric Dixon Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Saxophone
Kenny Hing Saxophone
Bill Hughes Trombone
Butch Miles Drums
Bobby Plater Saxophone
Waymon Reed Trumpet
Danny Turner Saxophone
Mel Wanzo Trombone
Fred Wesley Trombone
Dennis Wilson Trombone
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Freddie Green Composer
Milt Jackson Composer, Contributor, Vibe Master
Pete Minger Contributor
Neal Hefti Composer
Lin Biviano Contributor
Norman Granz Producer
John Clayton Contributor
Sonny Cohn Contributor
Phil DeLancie Mastering
Eric Dixon Contributor
Charlie Fowlkes Contributor
Charles Frazier Composer
Kenny Hing Contributor
Bill Hughes Contributor
Jerry Livingston Composer
Butch Miles Contributor
Bobby Plater Contributor
Waymon Reed Contributor
Danny Turner Contributor
Val Valentin Engineer
Mel Wanzo Contributor
Fred Wesley Contributor
Dennis Wilson Contributor
Phil Carroll Art Direction
Neuman Composer
Mack David Composer
Donald Wolf Composer
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