This Time by Basie: Hits of the 50's

This Time by Basie: Hits of the 50's

by Count Basie
     
 

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Three decades after the fact, people looking at releases like This Time by Basie would tend to dismiss it as pandering, Count Basie doing a "pops"-type outing -- the cheesy cover art even emphasized the songs over Basie and his band. Nothing could be further from the truth, however -- this 16-song release reveals a wonderful body of work, and deserves to be…  See more details below

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Three decades after the fact, people looking at releases like This Time by Basie would tend to dismiss it as pandering, Count Basie doing a "pops"-type outing -- the cheesy cover art even emphasized the songs over Basie and his band. Nothing could be further from the truth, however -- this 16-song release reveals a wonderful body of work, and deserves to be better known. For starters, This Time by Basie swings, smooth and easy but taut, or hot and heavy. From Sonny Payne's understated cymbal intro to "This Could Be the Start of Something Big" to the bluesier notes of "One Mint Julep," Basie and company sound like they're enjoying themselves, whether elegantly stretching out on "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" or "Moon River," or soaring into the air on the hotter numbers -- one of the more surprising covers here is "Walk Don't Run," which even works in a big-band arrangement. Highlights amid all of this surprising splendor include Marshall Royal's alto sax on "What Kind of Fool Am I" and Frank Foster's tenor sax on "Something Big." Quincy Jones arranged and conducted This Time by Basie, and the record was successful, returning the Count to the pop charts on the eve of the British Invasion. The last five songs here are drawn from Pop Goes the Basie, a 1965 album arranged and conducted by Billy Byers, and produced by Teddy Reig -- the playing is as good as the companion work on numbers like "The Hucklebuck." Their version of Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" is a big-band blues rendition of the song (sung by Leon Thomas) that buries the original's grand operatic romantic sensibilities in a posed soulfulness. "Oh Soul Mio" (highlight by Al Grey's trombone work), "Shangri-La" and "At Long Last Love" (both prominently featuring Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis) come off better -- the last number could've come off of any of Basie's best post-1951 albums. The remixing from the original three-track studio masters has yielded an especially clean sound with vivid stereo separation, enhancing the solos (check out Davis' on "At Long Last Love") and the overall ensemble.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1993
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624516224
catalogNumber:
45162
Rank:
95794

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano
Louie Bellson   Drums
Freddie Green   Guitar
Urbie Green   Trombone
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Grover Mitchell   Trombone
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Wallace Davenport   Trumpet
Sam Noto   Trumpet
Aarons   Trumpet
Billy Byers   Conductor
Buddy Catlett   Bass
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Reeds
Eric Dixon   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Foster   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Albert T. Grey   Trombone
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Wyatt Ruther   Bass
Frank Wess   Tenor Saxophone
Count Basie Orchestra   Track Performer
Gordon Thomas   Trombone

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Andy Gibson   Composer
Johnny Smith   Composer
Billy Byers   Arranger
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Teddy Reig   Producer
Marc Crawford   Liner Notes
Roy Alfred   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer

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