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Chairman of the Board
     

Chairman of the Board

by Count Basie
 

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Although it appeared at a time when Count Basie was enjoying respect from all quarters (as evidenced by the pop acclaim of several Grammy awards and the jazz faithful's enthusiasm for his concert at Newport), Chairman of the Board was, comparatively, a low-profile session. The record was surrounded in Basie's discography by several prize-winners and a parade of

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Although it appeared at a time when Count Basie was enjoying respect from all quarters (as evidenced by the pop acclaim of several Grammy awards and the jazz faithful's enthusiasm for his concert at Newport), Chairman of the Board was, comparatively, a low-profile session. The record was surrounded in Basie's discography by several prize-winners and a parade of studio collaborations -- with vocalists Tony Bennett, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and Billy Eckstine, plus arranger Neal Hefti. This 1958 date for Roulette was a rare chance for the orchestra to perform on its own, and listeners to hear how powerful the band could be when its concentration was undiverted. Of course, Basie's band already possessed three fine arrangers (Frank Foster, Thad Jones, and Frank Wess) and at least a dozen solo voices. Each of the ten songs on Chairman of the Board were originals by Foster, Jones, Wess, or Ernie Wilkins, all of them arranged by the composer. The record is admittedly heavy on the blues, but it's a brassy, powerful vision of the blues; Foster's "Blues in Hoss' Flat" and Wilkins' "Kansas City Shout" take the band back to its hometown, beginning with a subtle swing but ending with a raucous display of power from each section. The contributions by Jones and Wess provide a necessary complement to that forceful swing. Jones' "Speaking of Sounds" employs the woodwinds to provide color and texture, while Wess' "Segue in C" relies on bassist Eddie Jones and Basie's piano to lead the band while Wess himself takes several choruses on alto sax. A dynamic date, it shows the "new testament" edition of Basie's orchestra in top form.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0724358166422
catalogNumber:
816641

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Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Billy Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Henry Coker   Trombone
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Frank Wess   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Eddie Jones   Bass

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Thad Jones   Arranger,Composer
Bennie Moten   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger,Composer
Frank Foster   Arranger,Composer
Jack McDuff   Composer
Buster Moten   Composer
Teddy Reig   Producer
Frank Wess   Arranger,Composer
Henry Wells   Composer
Burton Yount   Reissue Design
Bob Bernotas   Liner Notes

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