Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the May 2011 Issue of Stereophile!
Limited Edition 180 Gram, 45rpm 2LP Set!
Only the 1st 1,500 Copies are Numbered!
Cut by Kevin Gray at 45 RPM and packaged in extra-thick cardboard stock gatefold jackets!
Although for many fans the equation Count Basie = Big Band Jazz is quite
undisputable, one has to agree that when one listens to these eight numbers:
less is more when it comes to swing. Bob Thiele, Impulse producer, came to the
conclusion that even with a meager budget a whole lot of music with a terrific
sound could be squeezed into the grooves. As always, the great soloists of the
Basie big band are on top form: first and foremost Frank Wess who demonstrates
how rightly popular the flute is for its sound-coloring and as a solo
instrument. Thad Jones on the trumpet is quite outstanding in all the numbers –
and is equally important as composer and arranger. The "All American Rhythm
Group Number 1" consisting of the Count, Freddie Green, Eddie Jones and Sonny
Payne deliver one adrenaline-like thrill after another – without ever neglecting
the jazz beat. All in all this is an important LP from the Impulse label, whose
quality is greatly enhanced by the transparent sound.
• Limited Edition
• Only the 1st 1,500 Copies are Numbered!
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Pressed by RTI
Count Basie, piano, organ
Eric Dixon, flute, tenor saxophone
Frank Foster, clarinet, tenor saxophone
Freddie Green, guitar
Ed Jones, bass
Thad Jones, trumpet
Sonny Payne, drums
Frank Wess, flute, tenor saxophone
1. Oh Lady Be Good
3. I Want a Little Girl
4. Shoe Shine Boy
5. Count's Place
6. Senator Whitehead
7. Tally Ho, Mr. Basie!
8. What'cha Talkin?