Reference: JC 1007
Bar code: 8427328510073
On many of these early fifties recordings Count Basie is as much the minimalist at the organ as he is at the piano, but he knows how to make effective use of his notes with his unmistakable musical presence. Originally issued on Norman Granzs Verve and Clef labels, this CD comprises the complete master takes under the leadership of Count Basie, featuring some of the finest small group sessions ever recorded. These nine studio dates include first class soloist as Charlie Shavers, Joe Newman, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Paul Quinichette, Lucky Thompson, Vic Dickenson, Oscar Peterson, and a special vocal tandem by Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams. Theres no doubt these were crucial years to the history of jazz in general, and Basies career in particular.
COLLECTIVE PERSONNEL INCLUDES: Wendell Culley, Joe Newman, Charlie Shavers, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Paul Quinichette, Thad Jones, Emmett Berry (tp), Henry Coker, Benny Green, Vic Dickenson (tb), Frank Wess (fl), Marshall Royal (cl), Paul Quinichette, Frank Foster, Lucky Thompson (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bs), Count Basie (p, org), Oscar Peterson (p), Marlowe Morris (org), Freddie Green (g), Ray Brown, Gene Ramey, Eddie Jones, Walter Page, Aaron Bell (b), Gus Johnson, Buddy Rich, Sonny Payne, Jo Jones (d), Ella Fitzgerald, and Joe Williams (vcl).
1. Jive At Five (3:09)
2. Blues For The Count And Oscar (3:08)
3. Extended Blues (5:57)
4. I Want A Little Girl (2:51)
5. Oh, Lady Be Good (2:25)
6. Song Of The Islands (2:50)
7. Basie Beat (3:22)
8. She's Funny That Way (4:11)
9. Count's Organ Blues (3:10)
10. K.C. Organ Blues (2:54)
11. Blue And Sentimental (3:03)
12. Stan Shorthair (2:56)
13. As Long As I Live (3:09)
14. Royal Garden Blues (3:04)
15. Midgets (3:13)
16. Party Blues (3:58)
17. I'm Confessin' (3:30) Bonus Track
18. Shoe Shine Boy (5:52) Bonus Track
19. Shoe Shine Boy (5:16) Take 2, Bonus Track
20. Sent For You Yesterday (2:28) Bonus Track
21. I Want A Little Girl (4:29) Live Bonus Track
Recorded between 1952 & 1956, the majority of tracks at Fine Sound Studios, New York City.
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