Tribute to Count Basie

Tribute to Count Basie

by Gene Harris All Star Big BandGene Harris All Star Big Band


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A big-band date that slightly predated pianist Gene Harris' association with the Philip Morris Superband, this CD is ostensibly a tribute to the recently deceased Count Basie, but surprisingly, only two of the eight songs ("Swingin' the Blues" and "Blue and Sentimental") were played by Basie, although one original ("Captain Bill") was written in homage of the bandleader. Harris' 16-piece orchestra does bring back the spirit of Basie's band in spots, with a lightly but steadily swinging rhythm section and such soloists as trumpeters Conte Candoli and Jon Faddis and tenors Plas Johnson and Bob Cooper. But in reality, Harris dominates the solo spotlight, and the music (which includes a memorable version of "When Did You Leave Heaven") is a bit predictable.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431433729
catalogNumber: 4337

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Harris All Star Big Band   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Bob Cooper   Tenor Saxophone
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Gene Harris   Piano,Track Performer
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Bill Green   Alto Saxophone
Thurman Green   Trombone
James Leary   Bass
Charles Loper   Trombone
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Frank Szabo   Trumpet
Bill Waltrous   Trombone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone

Technical Credits

Monty Alexander   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Herb Ellis   Composer
Ahmad Jamal   Composer
Ray Brown   Composer
Eddie Durham   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Bennett Rubin   Producer
Dan Wallin   Engineer
Frank Wess   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Walter Bullock   Composer

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