Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings

Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings

by Count Basie


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Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings

The one-two punch of Count Basie Swings/ Joe Williams Sings returned the swingingest band in the land to the top of the heap and made an instant star of vocalist Williams. With a slew of songs that became Williams's signature numbers, including "Everyday I Have the Blues, "Alright, Okay, You Win," and "In the Evening," Swings/ Singsfeatures the Basie band at its brassy midperiod best, barking out biting horn charts and riding high as the smoothest of high-octane swing machines. Williams's genius was his ability to sound genuinely gritty on blues numbers and to-the-manor-born on more sophisticated songs like "Teach Me Tonight." Count Basie always knew what he was doing when it came to hiring singers -- in the 1930s and '40s Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, and, for a brief time, Billie Holiday sang with the band -- and in Williams the Count once again discovered real gold.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/1993
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731451985225
catalogNumber: 519852

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Freddie Green   Guitar
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Joe Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Ed Jones   Bass
Henry Coker   Trombone
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Frank Wess   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Jones   Bass

Technical Credits

Big Joe Turner   Composer
Peter Johnson   Composer
Bennie Moten   Composer
Joe Williams   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Frank Foster   Arranger
Charlie Frazier   Composer
John B. Litweiler   Liner Notes
Giulio Turturro   Director,Art Direction
Henri Woode   Composer
David Stone Martin   Cover Design
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Mayme Watts   Composer
L.C. Frasier   Composer

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