Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross had combined their voices to recreate the Count Basie Orchestra on their debut release Sing a Song of Basie. For this follow-up (which has not yet been reissued on CD), they actually had the services of the Basie big band itself. The vocal trio (who once again overdubbed their voices in spots several times) performs ten Basie classics including an exciting "Jumpin' at the Woodside," "Tickle Toe," "The King," "Swingin' the Blues" and "Li'l Darlin'." Most memorable is "Going to Chicago Blues" which has L, H & Ross recreating the Basie Orchestra while Joe Williams sings the regular vocal; it is quite fascinating to hear. ~ Scott Yanow
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