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Format: CD
Sku: 211450066
UPC: 673203104822
UPC 14: 00673203104822
Release Date: 8/25/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Too Close For Comfort ~ Count Basie
2. Giant Blues Flag Waver ~ Count Basie
3. Like Young ~ Count Basie
4. Jessica's Day ~ Count Basie
5. Blame It On My Youth ~ Count Basie
6. Close Your Eyes ~ Count Basie
7. Naiomi's Blues ~ Count Basie
8. Yesterdays ~ Count Basie
9. I Have Waited So Long ~ Count Basie
10. Dark Morning ~ Count Basie
11. Blues On Mack Avenue ~ Count Basie

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Will Matthews (guitar); Cleave E. Guyton, Jr. (alto saxophone); Doug Lawrence (tenor saxophone); Scotty Barnhart , Mike "Love" Williams, James Zollar, Kriss T. Johnson Jr. (trumpet); Clarence Banks (trombone); Barry Cooper (bass trombone); Tony Suggs (piano); Marion Felder (drums).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Don Heckman.
Muze PNote Recording information: Legacy Studios, A509 on 38th St., New York, NY.
Muze PNote Editor: Missy Webb.
Muze PNote Photographer: Dennis Quartet Wilson.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Dennis Quartet Wilson; Quincy Jones.
Muze PNote Former Count Basie trombonist Dennis Wilson, who has spent many years teaching at the University of Michigan, takes over the reins of the big band as an arranger for this effort that features three appearances by Manhattan Transfer vocalist Janis Siegel and two from Nnenna Freelon. Familiar standards, some lesser-known tunes, and four of Wilson's originals are tossed together to vary the program. Siegel and Freelon sound comfortable in this setting, while given ample opportunity to sing well-known songs in their own way, while Jamie Cullum and Jon Hendricks also get spotlight cameos. There are instrumentals as well, and pianist Geri Allen -- one of several fine guest stars added on -- flies on the piece "Giant Blues Flag Waver," where staccato accents collide head on with hard bop. A natural guest for the Basie band, Frank Wess brings his always effervescent flute to top off and play in perfect tandem with the horns on the Quincy Jones arrangement of his classic and endearing tune "Jessica's Day." Wilson's "Dark Morning" is a classic ballad/blues with a solo from the rising star of jazz trumpet Scotty Barnhart, while "Naomi's Blues" is a cool, clean drink of water with slight flavor additives from two criminally underrated jazz veterans -- bassist James Leary and trombonist Clarence Banks. Of the vocal tracks, Cullum's Mark Murphy light style is unforced and frankly flatly effaced on the ballad "Blame It on My Youth," while Hendricks shows how to do it up right, in call and response with Curtis Fuller's trombone and Wilson's pixie muted trombone during the tick-tock neo-bopper "Blues on Mack Avenue." Siegel is her reliable self, singing the tale of her hip male friend during "Like Young," running along the rails with bassist Rufus Reid on "Close Your Eyes," and swooning delicately with pianist Hank Jones, Reid, and restrained drummer Butch Miles on the delicate "I Have Waited So Long." Freelon really digs in on her take of the spirited swinger "Too Close for Comfort," albeit a half step off, while her scatting with the brushed drumming of Miles on the intro of "Yesterdays" prompts the horns to slowly creep in, then roar. Though there's nothing remarkably innovative here, what is impressive is the consistency of the group playing together as a whole, and if you like jazz singers, this will appeal to you. It's a fine tribute to masters who are with and not with us, one that Mr. Basie would certainly approve of. ~ Michael G. Nastos

Producer: Dennis Quartet Wilson; Al Pryor; Al Pryor; Dennis Wilson

Engineer: Todd Whitelock

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Best Of Ken Burns Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Cocktails With Cole Porter
Muze Music Compilations Jazz After Dark
Muze Music Compilations All Time Greatest Swing Era Songs
Muze Music Compilations Pan Am:music From And Inspired By The
Muze Music Compilations Dixieland Swing
Muze Music Compilations Swing
Muze Music Compilations All Time Greatest Swing Era Songs V2
Muze Music Compilations Giants Of Swing
Muze Music Compilations After Hours Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Songs Of The 1930'S
Muze Music Compilations Swinging Big Bands
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Vegas
Muze Music Compilations Big Band Best Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Songs Of Bessie Smith:it Don't Mean A
Muze Music Compilations Duets
Muze Music Compilations When Radio Was King:big Band Years
Muze Music Compilations Ray Sings Basie Swings
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Jackie Wilson

Associated Artists and Works

Armstrong, Louis
The Basie Bunch: Too Marvelous For Words ~ Artists, Various
Bashung, Alain
Bennett, Tony
Brewer, Teresa
Coltrane, John
Count Basie With Joe Williams
Crosby, Bing
Ellington Edward Kennedy
Ellington, Duke
First Time! The Count Meets the Duke ~ Ellington, Duke
Fitzgerald, Ella
Goodman, Benny
Harris, Gene
Hendricks, Jon
Jones, Quincy
Krupa, Gene
McGriff, Jimmy
Miller, Glenn
Mills Brothers
Mills Brothers (The)
Moten, Bennie
Prysock, Arthur
Quincy Jones-Sammy Nestico Orch
Basie & Beyond ~ Quincy Jones-Sammy Nestico Orch
Quinichette, Paul
Randy Reinhardt
Reinhart, Randy
Rich, Buddy
Sinatra, Frank
Smith, Keely
Starr, Kay
Terry, Clark
The Modern Jazz Quartet
Turner, Big Joe
Valente, Caterina
Too Marvelous for Words ~ Various Artists
Vaughan, Sarah
Volenta, Carolina
Williams, Joe
Young, Lester

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/28/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : MAC 1048
Music Label Name Label : Mack Avenue
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00673203104822

Professional Reviews

JazzTimes (p.58)
- "CBO members are able to prove their mettle sans guests on the simmering toe-tapper 'Naiomi's Blues.'"

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fine, finger-clicking set...which features a raft of guest cameos..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Basie,Count Orchest
Product attributeLabel:   Mack Avenue Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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