Genre: Jazz
Label: Universal


Count Basie April In Paris 180g LP

Count Basie

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180 Gram Vinyl LP Reissue of 1957 Set Featuring Thad Jones, Eddie Jones, Freddie Green and More!

Basie scored a smash in '56 with April in Paris, and this mid-'60s LP (featuring the original Basie band) became an instant big-band classic. A slew of alternate takes join that hit!

"Count Basie's band endured because of its leader's uncanny ability to put together fresh arrangements and strong soloists while maintaining the band's unique devotion to swing; this album is among the most enduring of the big band recordings of the 1950s. The title tune is present in a justifiably famous rendition, a performance of swaggering swing and passion that was arranged by organist "Wild Bill" Davis. Frank Foster's "Shiny Stockings," now a jazz standard, made its debut here, while Joe Newman's "Midgets" recasts the band as a bop combo. Throughout the recording are terrific solos by trumpeters Thad Jones and Newman and tenor saxophonists Foster and Frank Wess, all basking in the band's glorious swing." - Stuart Broomer

• 180 Gram Vinyl LP
• Mastered at Abbey Road Studios
• Back To Black's First Jazz Range
• Legendary Verve Title

Count Basie, piano
Joe Newman, trumpet
Thad Jones, trumpet
Wendell Vully, trumpet
Reunald Jones, trumpet
Marshall Royal, alto saxophone
Billy Graham, alto saxophone
Frank Foster, tenor saxophone
Frank Wess, tenor saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes, baritone saxophone
Freddie Greene, guitar
Ed Jones, bass
Sonny Payne, drums

1. April in Paris
2. Corner Pocket
3. Did'n You
4. Sweety Cakes
5. Magic
6. Shiny Stockings
7. What Am I Here For
8. Midgets
9. Mambo Inn
10. Dinner With Friends

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