Too Marvelous For Words CD (1999)

Artist: Basie Bunch

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Label Vanguard
SKU 60302297
UPC 015707960120
UPC 14 00015707960120
Format CD
Release Date 5/25/1999
Author Basie Bunch
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Associated Artist/Work Armstrong, Louis
Associated Artist/Work Bashung, Alain
Associated Artist/Work Bennett, Tony
Associated Artist/Work Bennett, Tony (Vocals)
Associated Artist/Work Brewer, Teresa
Associated Artist/Work Coltrane, John
Technical Info
Producer Steve Buckingham (Compilation)
CatalogID 79601
Lable Name Vanguard
Released 05/25/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 62m : 35s
Mono/Stereo Mono
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00015707960120
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: 1956-1958.
Too Marvelous for Words compiles 12 highlights from John Hammond's late-'50s recordings of Count Basie and his band for Vanguard. Hammond didn't specifically record Basie, who only appears on four tracks on this compilation. Instead, he assembled various members of Basie's band, had them run through familiar items of their repertoire, adding a couple of stray songs and originals along the way. Since these recordings were made in the late '50s, when all of the members (apart from the odd newcomer, such as Kenny Burrell) were well established, these sessions aren't as revelatory as many of Hammond's blues and folk recordings, which had the wondrous element of discovery. The music on Too Marvelous for Words, however, is nevertheless delightful because Hammond gave a number of excellent musicians -- Lucky Thompson, Benny Green, Freddie Green, Jo Jones, Walter Page, Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson, Hank Jones, Joe Williams, and Basie himself, among them -- the freedom to simply lay out and play on favorite songs. There may be no revelations among these tunes, but the music is bright, swinging and altogether engaging. Certainly, it's not among Basie or his band's major works, but it's enjoyable for any fan of his music, no matter their level of expertise or dedication. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Disc 1
1 Shoe Shine Boy
2 Lover Man
3 Georgia Mae
4 Squeeze Me
5 Buck Huckles
6 Splittin'
7 Caravan
8 Old Man River
9 Too Marvelous for Words
10 Sent For You Yesterday
11 Perdido
12 Satin Doll

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