Count Basie (p, org), Joe Newman, Wendell Culley, Renauld Jones, Thad Jones, Joe Wilder (tp), Henry Coker, Henderson Chambers (tb), Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Paul Quinichette, Frank Foster, Frank Wess (ts), Freddie Green (g), Jimmy Lewis, Eddie jones (b), Gus Johnson (d), Manny Albam, Neal Hefti, Johnny Mandel, Nat Pierce, Ernie Wilkins (arr)
Reference: JC 1005
Bar code: 8427328510059
Produced by Norman Granz and originally issued on its Clef label in two separate albums, this recordings represents the rebirth of the Count Basie orchestra, a sometimes stomping, something smoothly sailing, but always swinging study in ensemble playing that is as fresh and danceable today as it was in the 50s. The main characteristic of the new orchestra Basie put together in 1952 was its change in focus, from being based on soloists to projecting an overall sound, thus returning to the origins of the big bands.
COLLECTIVE PERSONNEL INCLUDES: Paul Campbell, Joe Newman, Wendell Culley, Joe Wilder, Thad Jones (tp), Johnny Mandel (b-tp), Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Jimmy Wilkins, Henderson Chambers, Bill Hughes (tb), Marshall Royal (cl, as), Ernie Wilkins (as, ts), Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Paul Quinichette, Frank Wess, Frank Foster (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bs), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Jimmy Lewis, Eddie Jones (b), and Gus Johnson (d).
1. Straight Life (4:33)
2. Basie Goes Wess (3:55)
3. Softly With Feeling (3:08)
4. Peace Pipe (2:30)
5. Blues Go Away! (3:22)
6. Cherry Point (3:20)
7. Bubbles (4:00)
8. Right On (2:40)
9. The Blues Done Come Back (3:38)
10. Plymouth Rock (3:44)
11. Stereophonic (2:25)
12. Mambo Mist (4:07)
13. Sixteen Men Swinging (3:05)
14. She's Just My Size (4:31)
15. You're Not The Kind (3:19)
16. I Feel Like A New Man (2:55)
17. You For Me (3:12)
18. Soft Drink (3:08)
19. Two For The Blues (2:50)
20. Slow But Sure (3:45)
21. Blues Backstage (4:36) Bonus Track
22. Rails (5:57) Bonus Track
Recorded between New York and Los Angeles, in 1952, 1953 & 1954.
Originally issued on Dance Session, Clef MGC 626 (# 1-10), and Dance Session, Vol. 2, Clef MGC 647 (# 11-20)
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