Count Basie Swings-Joe William CD (1993)

Artist: Basie/Williams

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Label Uni/verve
SKU 60211837
UPC 731451985225
UPC 14 00731451985225
Format CD
Release Date 10/19/1993
Author Basie/Williams
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Artist Contemporary Jo Jones (Drums)
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Artist Follower Charlie Parker (Sax)
Artist Follower Gerald Wilson
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Technical Info
Producer Norman Granz
CatalogID 5198522
Lable Name Verve
Released 10/19/1993
Original Release 1956
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 39m : 39s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731451985225
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Joe Williams (vocals); Marshall Royal (alto saxophone, clarinet); Bill Graham (alto saxophone); Frank Wess (tenor saxophone, flute); Frank Foster (tenor saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Wendell Culley, Reunald Jones, Thad Jones, Joe Newman (trumpet); Henry Coker, Bill Hughes, Benny Powell (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); Eddie Jones (bass); Sonny Payne (drums).
Recorded in New York, New York on July 26 & 27, 1955 and June 27, 1956; in Chicago, Illinois on January 23, 1956. Includes liner notes by John Litweiler.
Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Joe Williams (vocals); Freddie Green (guitar); Frank Wess (flute, tenor saxophone); Marshall Royal (clarinet, alto saxophone); Bill Graham (alto saxophone); Frank Foster (tenor saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Reunald Jones, Joe Newman , Thad Jones, Wendell Culley (trumpet); Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Bill Hughes (trombone); Sonny Payne (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil Schaap.
Liner Note Author: John B. Litweiler.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (07/26/1955-06/27/1956); New York, NY (07/26/1955-06/27/1956).
Director: Giulio Turturro.
Editor: Peter Pullman.
Photographer: Herman Leonard.
Arrangers: Ernie Wilkins; Frank Foster .
Count Basie's 1950s band had saxophonists Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Marshal Royal, Thad Jones on trumpet and of course, two of the most understated musicians to ever drive a rhythm section: guitarist Freddie Green and Basie himself on piano. But the presence of Joe Williams put the whole situation over the top. The point, on this recording, is that Williams sings the blues, and does so with undeniable conviction, unparalleled clarity and irrepressible humor.
COUNT BASIE SWINGS, JOE WILLIAMS SINGS is essential listening if only for the fact that it contains the five-minute jukebox hit "Every Day I Have The Blues." Ernie Wilkins' continually unfolding arrangement is a thing of breathtaking elegance, underpinning one of the most astonishing vocal performances in all of jazz. The less-celebrated Foster arrangement "The Comeback" is just as exciting, for its skintight dynamic control and explosive solo section. While there are a few ballads, blues are the heart of the matter here, from the steady-rocking "Alright, Okay, You Win" to Williams' own purring, petulant "My Baby Upsets Me."
Artist Overview
Simply put, Count Basie led the most swinging of the classic big bands. His youthful education in playing stride piano in New York was meshed with a deep immersion in the hard-swinging Kansas City jazz scene of the early 1930s. As Basie moved from sideman to bandleader, his tight-knit ensemble eventually came to rival Duke Ellington's group. The Basie orchestra's perfectly interlocking rhythm section provided a springboard for a succession of jazz giants--most notably tenor man Lester Young--to launch their solo excursions. Basie's big-band vision was so strong that his group continued for decades after his passing.
Disc 1
1 Every Day I Have The Blues
2 Comeback, The
3 All Right, OK, You Win
4 In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down)
5 Roll 'Em Pete
6 Teach Me Tonight
7 My Baby Upsets Me
8 Please Send Me Someone To Love
9 Ev'ry Day (I Fall In Love)
10 As I Love You - (bonus track)
11 Stop! Don't! - (bonus track)
12 Too Close For Comfort - (previously unreleased, take 1)

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