Genre: Jazz
Label: Pure Pleasure
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Count Basie Basie at Birdland 180g 2LP

Count Basie

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180g High Quality Pressing!
Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!

'Basie at Birdland' is a 1961 live album featuring Count Basie and his famed orchestra playing at Birdland in New York City. Recorded on June 27-28th of 1961, and released just one month later in July of that year, 'Basie at Birdland' proved once again that Count Basie was one of the world's best players, band leaders, and flag bearers of Jazz. Birdland, the self-proclaimed, 'Jazz Corner of the World' provides a raucous, lively backdrop to the band's soulful Kansas City style Jazz, on tunes like, 'Blue Backstage', and 'Good Time Blues' alongside their harder hitting, big band bop. 'Basie at Birdland' features the Count at the height of his prowess, and he and his band's fervent, swinging performance cannot be missed - it's perfect for novices and aficionados alike.

This is a jaw-dropping recording of Basie's band in 1961. The band is so tight and swings so hard it sounds at times as if one is listening to a Wurlitzer organ. There simply was no band that swung as hard as Basie's - at least not as recorded on this live date. Amazing.

Simply the best live recording of a big band ever!


  • Double LP
  • 180g Vinyl
  • Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
  • 2 Standard sleeves
  • Side C& D contain Bonus Tracks not part of original album
  • Made in the UK


  • Count Basie, piano
  • Marshal Royal, alto saxophone, clarinet
  • Frank Wess, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute
  • Charlie Fowlkes, baritone saxophone
  • Eddie Jones, bass
  • Sonny Payne, drums
  • Freddie Green, guitar
  • Budd Johnson, tenor saxophone
  • Frank Foster, tenor saxophone
  • Benny Powell, trombone
  • Henry Coker, trombone
  • Quentin Jackson, trombone
  • Snooky Young, trumpet
  • Lennie Johnson, trumpet
  • Sonny Cohn, trumpet
  • Thad Jones, trumpet
  • Jon Hendricks, vocal (Track 5, Side A)
  • Selections

    Side A:

    1. Little Pony
    2. Discommotion
    3. Backstage Blues
    4. Blee Blop Blues
    5. Whirly Bird
    6. One O'Clock Jump

    Side B:

    1. Segue In "C"
    2. Good Time Blues
    3. One O'Clock Jump

    Side C:

    1. Easin' It
    2. A Little Tempo, Please
    3. Corner Pocket
    4. I Needs To Be Bee'd With

    Side D:

    1. Discommotion
    2. Segue In C (Alternate Take)
    3. Whirly-Bird
    4. One O'Clock Jump (Theme)

    Recorded live on June 27 & 28, 1961 at Birdland, New York City

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