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Count Basie/Count Basie Big Band: The Basie Big Band

Album Notes

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Danny Turner, Bobby Plater (alto saxophone); Eric Dixon (tenor saxophone, flute); Jimmy Forrest (tenor saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Pete Minger, Frank Szabo, Dave Stahl, Bobby Mitchell, Sonny Cohn (trumpet); Al Grey, Curtis Fuller, Bill Hughes, Mel Wanzo (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); John Duke (bass); Butch Miles (drums).

Recorded in Los Angeles, California on August 26 & 27, 1975. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.

Digitally remastered using 20-bit K2 Super Coding System technology

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Danny Turner, Bobby Plater (alto saxophone); Eric Dixon (tenor saxophone, flute); Jimmy Forrest (tenor saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Pete Minger, Frank Szabo, Dave Stahl, Bobby Mitchell, Sonny Cohn (trumpet); Al Grey, Curtis Fuller, Bill Hughes, Mel Wanzo (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); John Duke (bass); Butch Miles (drums).

Recorded in Los Angeles, California on August 26 & 27, 1975. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.

Digitally remastered by JVC using XRCD (Extended Resolution Compact Disc) technology.

The career of Count Basie defies the norm. More consistent than virtually any of his contemporaries, Basie never made a big band record that didn't swing hard. On THE BASIE BIG BAND, trumpeters Frank Szabo and Dave Stahl had just recently joined the band. Drummer Butch Miles, playing in the Buddy Rich mold, had also joined the band only months before this session.

All this invigorated an already swinging orchestra. On THE BASIE BIG BAND, we hear nine Sam Nestico charts (not to be confused with cousin and tenor player Sal Nestico). Among them are some of Nestico's most famous compositions including "Freckle Face," "The Heat's On," and "The Wind Machine." There is much to applaud on this release. Whether it be Pete Minger's trumpet solo on "Orange Sherbet," Dave Stahl's powerful lead work on "Tall Cotton" or Butch Miles' blazing drum breaks on "Wind Machine," this album cooks!



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