Swing Shift

Swing Shift

by Count Basie Orchestra


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Swing Shift

Rolling on into the neo-swing era, the Basie band under the leadership of Grover Mitchell continues to display a spirit most unlike that of your average ghost band. More encouragingly to the point, the band is playing mostly new pieces here, seven from the pen of Allyn Ferguson and four from longtime Basie band trumpeter Bob Ojeda. Some are really nice entries, like Ferguson's "Easy Go" and "Blues For Royalty" (the latter is quintessential Basie blues), some take the band a bit outside the Count's sound (which is also good), none are less than accomplished (although the deadweight drum solo of "Drum Thing" makes that one an exception). Only three older standards populate the disc - Billy Eckstine's "Lonesome Lover Blues," Ray Noble's "The Very Thought Of You," and a seeming leftover from Count Plays Duke, Billy Strayhorn's "Blood Count." Yet despite the solid, sturdy ensemble sound and agile soloing, one still has to admit that this edition of the band cannot quite get itself to roar and erupt with the same force as even earlier post-Basie editions could.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/1999
Label: Mama Records
UPC: 0734956102722
catalogNumber: 1027

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie Orchestra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Grover Mitchell   Trombone,Conductor
Clarence Banks   Trombone
Kenny Hing   Tenor Saxophone
Brad Leali   Alto,Alto Saxophone
James Leary   Bass
Butch Miles   Drums
Bob Ojeda   Trumpet
John Williams   Baritone Saxophone
Michael Williams   Trumpet
Debbie Smith   Dancer
Grover Mitchell & His Orchestra   Trombone,Conductor
John Williams   Baritone Saxophone
Shawn Carter   Dancer
Steve Garrett   Dancer
Christopher Murrell   Vocals
Alvin Walker   Trombone
Will Matthews   Guitar
Doug Miller   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Williams   Trumpet
Terence Conley   Piano

Technical Credits

Billy Eckstine   Composer
Bill Holman   Composer
Grover Mitchell   Producer
Allyn Ferguson   Arranger,Producer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Gene Czerwinski   Executive Producer
Douglas Evans   Producer,Executive Producer
Dan Ferguson   Producer
Bones Howe   Engineer
Bob Ojeda   Arranger
Bobby Tucker   Arranger
Gerald Valentine   Composer
Aaron A. Woodward   Executive Producer
Grover Mitchell & His Orchestra   Producer,Direction
Kirk Silsbee   Liner Notes
Armond Bagdasarian   Art Direction

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