The Count Basie and His Orchestra (1944)

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Given the paucity of Basie recordings from the '40s issued by his own label, the quality and content of this collection of 14 songs cut exclusively for radio in 1944 is scandalously good. The tracks, include a long version of "One O'Clock Jump" with an extended piano introduction by Basie, a hot version of "Lady Be Good" with guest clarinetist Artie Shaw just out of the service in a soaring solo, Lester Young soloing on a rousing, breakneck-paced version of "Jumpin' at the Woodside," and a rendition of "Rockabye Basie" featuring Illinois Jacquet, during his brief tenure with the Basie band, soloing on tenor sax. Jimmy Rushing and Thelma Carpenter are each featured on two ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Given the paucity of Basie recordings from the '40s issued by his own label, the quality and content of this collection of 14 songs cut exclusively for radio in 1944 is scandalously good. The tracks, include a long version of "One O'Clock Jump" with an extended piano introduction by Basie, a hot version of "Lady Be Good" with guest clarinetist Artie Shaw just out of the service in a soaring solo, Lester Young soloing on a rousing, breakneck-paced version of "Jumpin' at the Woodside," and a rendition of "Rockabye Basie" featuring Illinois Jacquet, during his brief tenure with the Basie band, soloing on tenor sax. Jimmy Rushing and Thelma Carpenter are each featured on two numbers, and Carpenter's bluesy vocals, in particular, are a sultry delight. But the main thrust of this collection is the instrumental work, which, divorced from the three-minute limits of commercial recording, has lots of room for some hot improvisation. The sound quality is good to excellent, with exceptional clarity and richness and no distortion, and the textures are very close and vivid -- the Count's piano on "Basie Boogie" is sharper and crisper than it is on most of his Columbia recordings of the period that have been reissued. The notes by the late Dave Dexter, Jr. are informative and lively, and, as with all Hindsight releases, the estate of the artist is paid a royalty for sales of this CD release. This is a disc to own, to keep, and to play often.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/1994
  • Label: Hindsight Records
  • UPC: 014921022423
  • Catalog Number: 224
  • Sales rank: 98,890

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One O'Clock Jump- (Closing Theme) - Count Basie Orchestra (0:46)
  2. 2 Rock-A-Bye Basie - Count Basie Orchestra (3:51)
  3. 3 I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night - Count Basie Orchestra (2:44)
  4. 4 Basie Boogie - Count Basie Orchestra (2:14)
  5. 5 Don't Cry Baby - Count Basie Orchestra (2:59)
  6. 6 Down for Double - Count Basie Orchestra (3:05)
  7. 7 I've Had This Feeling Before (But Never Like This) - Count Basie Orchestra (4:00)
  8. 8 I Found a New Baby - Count Basie Orchestra (2:19)
  9. 9 Swing Shift - Count Basie Orchestra (3:32)
  10. 10 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me - Count Basie Orchestra (3:05)
  11. 11 Red Bank Boogie - Count Basie Orchestra (2:19)
  12. 12 I Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today) - Count Basie Orchestra (3:34)
  13. 13 Wiggle Woogie - Count Basie Orchestra (2:01)
  14. 14 Don't Believe Everything You Dream - Count Basie Orchestra (2:28)
  15. 15 9:20 Special - Count Basie Orchestra (3:20)
  16. 16 One O'Clock Jump- (Closing Theme) - Count Basie Orchestra (1:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Count Basie & His Orchestra Primary Artist
Count Basie Indexed Contributor, Piano, Spoken Word
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar
Joe Newman Trumpet
Jimmy Rushing Vocals
Artie Shaw Clarinet
Buddy Tate Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Thelma Carpenter Vocals
Ted Donnelly Trombone
Al Killian Trumpet
Edward Lewis Trumpet
Jimmy Powell Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Eli Robinson Trombone
Rudy Rutherford Clarinet, Reeds
Eli Thompson Reeds
Earle Warren Reeds, Vocals
Jack Washington Bars
Dicky Wells Trombone
Shadow Wilson Drums
Lou Taylor Trombone
Rodney Richardson Bass
Technical Credits
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Frank Driggs Text
Jack Palmer Composer
Tom Shallcross Engineer
Spencer Williams Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
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