Tribute to Count Basie

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
A big-band date that slightly predated pianist Gene Harris' association with the Philip Morris Superband, this CD is ostensibly a tribute to the recently deceased Count Basie, but surprisingly, only two of the eight songs "Swingin' the Blues" and "Blue and Sentimental" were played by Basie, although one original "Captain Bill" was written in homage of the bandleader. Harris' 16-piece orchestra does bring back the spirit of Basie's band in spots, with a lightly but steadily swinging rhythm section and such soloists as trumpeters Conte Candoli and Jon Faddis and tenors Plas Johnson and Bob Cooper. But in reality, Harris dominates the solo spotlight, and the music which ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
A big-band date that slightly predated pianist Gene Harris' association with the Philip Morris Superband, this CD is ostensibly a tribute to the recently deceased Count Basie, but surprisingly, only two of the eight songs "Swingin' the Blues" and "Blue and Sentimental" were played by Basie, although one original "Captain Bill" was written in homage of the bandleader. Harris' 16-piece orchestra does bring back the spirit of Basie's band in spots, with a lightly but steadily swinging rhythm section and such soloists as trumpeters Conte Candoli and Jon Faddis and tenors Plas Johnson and Bob Cooper. But in reality, Harris dominates the solo spotlight, and the music which includes a memorable version of "When Did You Leave Heaven" is a bit predictable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431433729
  • Catalog Number: 4337
  • Sales rank: 17,218

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Captain Bill (4:00)
  2. 2 Night Mist Blues (7:39)
  3. 3 Swingin' the Blues (4:21)
  4. 4 When Did You Leave Heaven? (4:34)
  5. 5 Blues For Pepper (4:56)
  6. 6 Blue and Sentimental (4:37)
  7. 7 Riled Up (4:34)
  8. 8 The Masquerade Is Over (7:03)
  9. 9 Dejection Blues (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Harris All Star Big Band Primary Artist, Track Performer
Gene Harris Indexed Contributor, Piano, Track Performer
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Bob Cooper Tenor Saxophone
Herb Ellis Guitar
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Royal Alto Saxophone
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
Bill Watrous Trombone
Ray Brown Bass
Garnett Brown Trombone
Bill Green Alto Saxophone
Thurman Green Trombone
James Leary Bass
Charles Loper Trombone
Jack Nimitz Baritone Saxophone
Frank Szabo Trumpet
Bill Waltrous Trombone
Snooky Young Trumpet
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Technical Credits
Monty Alexander Composer
Count Basie Composer
Herb Ellis Composer
Ahmad Jamal Composer
Ray Brown Composer
Eddie Durham Composer
Phil Edwards Engineer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Bennett Rubin Producer
Dan Wallin Engineer
Frank Wess Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Mack David Composer
Walter Bullock Composer
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