2019 Stereophile Magazine Record to Die For!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.
"The sonics here are quite fine. Basie's piano is bright, solid, natural-sounding, and dead center; the textured bass, softly strummed guitar, and laid-back drums are to the right, with the rich and brassy horns arrayed on the left. Dynamics are lively if not super-wide, and there's a good sense of air and immediacy to the sound, but only a vague impression of depth." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound magazine, March 2011, Issue 211
Mix up a martini: The sound is superb, the playing is good, and the music - West Coast cool jazz - is just the thing for cocktail hour.Features:
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Original Impulse Label Recording
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?