Count Basie and His Orchestra (1944)

The Count Basie and His Orchestra (1944)

by Count Basie Orchestra
     
 

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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 See more details below

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/1994
Label:
Hindsight Records
UPC:
0014921022423
catalogNumber:
224
Rank:
117005

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Performance Credits

Count Basie Orchestra   Primary Artist
Count Basie   Piano,Spoken Word
Harry 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
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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