Basie Meets Bond [Bonus Track]

Basie Meets Bond [Bonus Track]

by Count Basie


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Basie Meets Bond [Bonus Track]

This campy LP from the 1960s features the Count Basie Orchestra playing ten themes from four early James Bond movies, with arrangements by either Chico O'Farrill or George Williams. While it seems doubtful that Basie added any of this music to his regular band repertoire, his band does its best to do justice to the arrangements. The somewhat monotonous "007" is converted into a dramatic calypso, while "The Golden Horn" is straight-ahead swing and might surprise someone who hadn't seen the film From Russia With Love. But most Basie fans will want to know how the band handled the best-known themes. "Goldfinger" is given a low-key but swinging treatment that has a fine solo by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, while the foot-patting treatment of "Thunderball" focuses on Marshall Royal's soulful alto sax and a typically sparse Basie solo. Basie devotees who have a fondness for the earliest James Bond films (Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, and Thunderball) might find this surprising disc worth tracking down. [The 2002 reissue adds a different take of "Dr. No's Fantasy" as a bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/2002
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724353822521
catalogNumber: 38225

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Grover Mitchell   Trombone
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Wallace Davenport   Trumpet
Aarons   Trumpet
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Eric Dixon   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Philip Guilbeau   Trumpet
Bill Hughes   Bass Trombone
Norman Keenan   Bass
Sonny Payne   Drums
Bobby Plater   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Count Basie Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Williams   Arranger
Ron McMaster   Remixing
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger
Teddy Reig   Producer

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