This record presents Count Basie in a fresh and unusual small-band context, one in which he permits himself more freedom than he ordinarily does with his big band.
In October 1936, on his way East from Kansas City to his ultimate triumphs in
New York, Count Basie entered a Chicago studio with a quintet and recorded,
among others, two of the titles found here - Shoe Shine Boy and Oh, Lady Be
His Kansas City Seven was originated three years later, when he recorded with
another small section of his band. The band had become world famous in the
meantime, and the musicians he chose then were Buck Clayton, Dicky Wells, Lester
Young, Freddie Green, Walter Page and Jo Jones. They rode once more in 1944,
with Rodney Richardson in place of Walter Page, but it was not until March 1962,
when this album was recorded, that Basie called out Kansas City Seven again.
Time brought great changes to jazz during those eighteen years, and the changes
were inevitably reflected in Count Basie's band, in its music and in its
personnel. His basic policy nevertheless went unchanged, and the emphasis
remained on swinging, forthright and relatively uncomplicated jazz.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on March 21 (#2,
6, 8, 9) and March 22 (all others), 1962
Count Basie, piano
Thad Jones, trumpet
Frank Wess, flute, alto flute
Frank Foster, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Eric Dixon, tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute
Eddie Jones, bass
Sonny Payne, drums
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?
Recorded March 21 (2, 6, 8, 9) and March 22 (1, 3-5, 7) 1962.