Count Plays Duke

Count Plays Duke

by Count Basie


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Count Plays Duke

Funny that the Count Basie band would finally do an entire album of Ellington/Strayhorn tunes in 1998, fourteen years after Basie's death and 24 years after Ellington's. All right, better late than never, but this stretches the cliché to unbelievable lengths when neither leader nor most of their famous sidemen are around to notice. Still, the Basie band continues to be a lively ghost under the direction of trombonist Grover Mitchell, disciplined and crisply swinging with a solid crew of soloists, although the old explosive power is largely dormant. This survey of Ellingtonia runs through many of the well-known Ellington and Strayhorn standards, all arranged with a convincingly Bas-ic ensemble sound by Allyn Ferguson (even an indelibly marked piece like "Mood Indigo" is transformed by that loping rhythm guitar). As a nostalgic bonus, a famous Basie alum, the still spry flutist Frank Wess, 76-years-old here, is on board for "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good," "Just Squeeze Me" and "Love You Madly." A minor still-alive-and-well document in the big Basie picture, but enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/1998
Label: Mama Records
UPC: 0734956102425
catalogNumber: 1024

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist
Grover Mitchell   Trombone,Conductor
Clarence Banks   Trombone
Kenny Hing   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Brad Leali   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
James Leary   Bass
Butch Miles   Drums
Frank Wess   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Count Basie Orchestra   Track Performer
Doug Miller   Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Grover Mitchell   Producer
Allyn Ferguson   Arranger,Producer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Gene Czerwinski   Executive Producer
Douglas Evans   Producer,Executive Producer
Josiah Gluck   Engineer
John McDonough   Liner Notes
Armond Bagdasarian   Art Direction

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