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Blue Note Celebrates Basie’s 100th

Tomorrow, August 21, is Count Basie’s birthday and were the late big-band giant still living, he’d be turning 100. In celebration of the Count’s centennial year, Blue Note will release two double-CD sets, The Count Basie Story and Count Basie & Friends: 100th Birthday Bash, on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Here’s some info on each release:

The Count Basie Story: In 1960, the Basie band celebrated its silver anniversary by making a double-album of its classics from the ’30s and ’40s in the glorious state-of-the-art fidelity that producer Teddy Reig was then achieving while recording the band for Roulette Records at Capitol’s New York studio. Basie Story brings us those tracks again, remastered in 24-bit. Here’s a track list:

Disc One:

1. Broadway 3:21 (McRae-Bird-Woode)

2. Down For Double 2:57 (Freddie Green)

3. Lester Leaps In 4:15 (Lester Young)

4. Topsy 3:40 (E. Battle-E. Durham)

5. Jumpin’ At The Woodside 3:09 (William Basie)

6. Taps Miller 3:20 (W. Basie-B. Russell)

7. Shorty George 2:54 (H. Edison-W. Basie)

8. Doggin’ Around 2:59 (E. Battle-H. Evans)

9. Avenue C 2:31 (Buck Clayton)

10. Jive At Five 3:00 (W. Basie-H. Edison)

11. Rock-a-bye Basie 3:36 (Basie-Collins-Young)

12. Moten Swing 4:50 (E. Durham-W. Basie)

Disc Two:

1. Swingin’ The Blues 3:15 (E. Durham-W. Basie)

2. Sent For You Yesterday 3:07 (Rushing-Basie-Durham)

3. Tickle Toe 2:33 (Lester Young)

4. Blue And Sentimental 4:04 (William Basie)

5. Time Out 2:42 (E. Battle-E. Durham)

6. 9:20 Special 3:46 (Earl Warren)

7. Red Bank Boogie 2:13 (W. Basie-B. Clayton)

8. Every Tub 3:08 (W. Basie-E. Durham)

9. Dickie’s Dream 4:06 (W. Basie-L. Young)

10. Texas Shuffle 3:10 (H. Evans-E. Battle)

11. Out The Window 2:49 (E. Durham-W. Basie)

12. Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong) 3:03 (J. Rushing-W. Basie)

13. Good Morning Blues 2:49 (Basie-Durham-Rushing)

14. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You 2:31 (D. Redman-A. Razaf)

Personnel:

Sonny Cohn, Thad Jones, Snooky Young, Joe Newman (trumpets), Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (trombones), Marshall Royal (alto sax, clarinet), Frank Wess (alto sax, tenor sax), Billy Mitchell (tenor sax, clarinet), Frank Foster (tenor sax), Charles Fowlkes (baritone sax), Count Basie (piano), Freddie Green (guitar), Eddie Jones (bass), Sonny Payne (drums).

On “Boogie Woogie”, “Sent For You Yesterday” and “Broadway”, Gus Johnson (drums) replaces Sonny Payne. On “Jive At Five” and “Time Out”, Jimmy Nottingham (trumpet) and Seldon Powell (tenor sax) replace Thad Jones and Frank Foster. On “Good Morning Blues”, John Anderson (trumpet) replaces Sonny Cohn. On “Moten Swing”, Wendell Culley (trumpet) replaces Sonny Cohn. On “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You”, Wendell Culley (trumpet), Bill Hughes (trombone) and Eddie Lockjaw Davis (tenor sax) replace Sonny Cohn, Al Grey and Billy Mitchell. Add Joe Williams (vocal) on “Sent For You Yesterday”, “Boogie Woogie”, “Good Morning Blues” and “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You”.

Count Basie & Friends: 100th Birthday Bash: A 100th birthday bash for Basie that plays like a jam session from heaven, this collection gathers recordings made between 1957-62 featuring such notable friends as Nat “King” Cole, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Billy Eckstine, Ben Webster, Illinois Jacquet, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Harry “Sweets” Edison and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. Track and personnel lists:

DISC ONE:

1. WHIRLY-BIRDS 3:49 (Neal Hefti)

The Count Basie Orchestra (A)

Arranged by Neal Hefti

Recorded on October 21, 1957

Originally issued on Roulette 52003, Atomic Basie (E=mc2)

2. GOIN’ TO CHICAGO 4:11 (William Basie-Jimmy Rushing)

Vocals by Joe Williams & Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

The Count Basie Orchestra (B)

Arranged by Frank Foster and Jon Hendricks

Recorded May 27, 1958

Originally issued on Roulette 52018, Sing Along With Basie

3. CUTE 3:11 (Neal Hefti)

The Count Basie Orchestra (B)

Arranged by Neal Hefti

Recorded on April 14, 1958

Originally issued on Roulette 52011, Basie Plays Hefti

4. I WANT A LITTLE GIRL 2:49 (Billy Moll-Murray Mencher)

Nat King Cole

The Count Basie Orchestra (B)

Arranged by Dave Cavanaugh

Recorded on June 30, 1958

Originally issued on Capitol W 1120 , Welcome To The Club

5. TEACH ME TONIGHT 2:51 (Gene DePaul-Sammy Cahn)

Vocal by Joe Williams & Sarah Vaughan

The Count Basie Orchestra (D)

Arranged by Ernie Wilkins

Recorded on July 19, 1960

Originally issued on Roulette single 4273

6. THE LATE LATE SHOW 2:49 (Murray Berlin-Roy Alfred)

The Count Basie Orchestra (A)

Arranged by Jimmy Mundy

Recorded on October 22, 1957

Originally issued on Roulette single 4109

7. LONESOME LOVER BLUES 3:09 (Billy Eckstine)

Vocal by Billy Eckstine

The Count Basie Orchestra (B)

Arranged by Quincy Jones

Recorded on May 23, 1959

Originally issued on Roulette single 4170, 52029, Basie/Eckstine Incorporated

8. BLUE AND SENTIMENTAL 3:34 (William Basie)

Guest soloist: Ben Webster

Count Basie Small Group (B)

Arranged by Quincy Jones

Recorded on July 20, 1959

Originally issued on Roulette 52051, String Along With Basie

9. TRAV’LIN’ LIGHT 3:51 (Jimmy Mundy-Trummy Young-Johnny Mercer)

Vocal by Joe Williams

The Count Basie Orchestra (D)

Arranged by Frank Foster

Recorded on August 24, 1960

Originally issued on Roulette 52054, Just The Blues

10. FAROUK 5:22 (Eddie Davis)

Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Small Group (A)

Recorded on December 17, 1957

Originally issued on Roulette 52007, Count Basie Presents the Eddie Davis Trio

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