This reissue contains several bonus tracks not included on the original 1959 LP.
Count Basie & His Orchestra: Count Basie (piano); Frank Foster (arranger, tenor saxophone); Thad Jones (arranger, trumpet); Neal Hefti, Ernie Wilkins, Nat Pierce (arranger); Joe Williams (vocals); Frank Wess (alto & tenor saxophones, flute); Marshal Royal (alto saxophone); Billy Mitchell (tenor saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Joe Newman, Wendell Culley, Snooky Young, Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Al Grey, Henry Coker, Benny Powell (trombones); Freddie Green (guitar); Eddie Jones (bass); Sonny Payne (drums).
Producer: Teddy Reig.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded live at The Americana Hotel, Miami, Florida on May 31, 1959. Originally released on Roulette (52028). Includes reissue liner notes by
Digitally remastered by Malcolm Addey and Ron McMaster.
The Count Basie Orchestra is heard on this album playing live at a disc-jockey convention in Miami. Their first of three sets took place at 2 a.m. but the late hour if anything kept the band loose. Most of the selections on this record were not recorded during that era, including fine charts on "In a Mellow Tone" and "Moten Swing." ~ Scott Yanow