The Basie band as a unit secured a place for itself as one of the greatest and most distinctive big bands of all time. In the 30-odd years that the Basie band spent recording, the full excitement of its in-person sound was never reproduced with such clarity and accuracy as in the sessions at hand. The heft and thrust of the Basie machine are the salient features on the two albums included in this CD, comprising of Broadway and Hollywood standards with a Basie twist.
Chico OFarrill did all the arrangements, and proved that he knew how to use the powerhouse brass section, how to leave proper space for soloists, and how to let the Basie rhythm section glow with its special inner fire. Basies way has been the swinging way for generations of musicians... and here its even Basier than anything you have ever heard before.
01. Hello Youg Lovers 2:09
From 'The King And I'
02. A Lot Of Livin To Do 3:02
From 'Bye Bye Birdie'
03. Just In Time 3:06
From 'Bells Are Ringing'
04. Mame 3:15
05. On A Clear Day 2:43
From 'Old A Clear Day You Can See Forever'
06. Its All Right With Me 2:34
From 'Can Can'
07. On The Street Where You Live 2:48
From 'My Fair Lady'
08. Heres That Rainy Day 3:21
From 'Carnival in Flanders'
09. From This Moment On 2:41
From 'Out of This World'
10. Baubles, Bangles And Beads 3:01
11. People 2:34
From 'Funny Girl'
12. Everythings Coming Up Roses 3:10
13. Secret Love 2:48
From 'Calamity Jane'
14. Laura 2:24
15. In The Still Of The Night 1:56
16. A Foggy Day 2:09
From 'A Damsel in Distress'
17. The Shadow Of Your Smile 3:20
From 'The Sandpiper'
18. The Trolley Song 2:15
From 'Meet Me in St. Louis'
19. Strangers In The Night 2:54
From 'A Man Could Get Killed'
20. A Fine Romance 2:43
From 'Swing Time'
21. Carioaca 2:20
From 'Flying Down to Rio'
22. Hurry Sundown Blues 2:42
From 'Hurry Sundown'
23. It Might As Well Be Spring 2:29
From 'State Fair'
24. Days Of Wine And Roses 2:40
From 'Days Of Wine And Roses'
Tracks #1-12, from the original album
"Broadway - Basie's Way" (Command RS-905)
Tracks #13-24, from the original album
"Hollywood - Basie's Way" (Command RS-912)
Personnel on "Broadway":
Roy Eldridge, Gene Goe, Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn (tp), Grover Mitchell, Dick Boone, Harlan Floyd (tb), Marshall Royal (cl, as), Bobby Plater (fl, as), Eric Dixon (fl, ts), Eddie Lockjaw Davis (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bs), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Norman Keenan (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d).
Recorded at Finesound Studio, New York, August 18 (#1,3,5,7), rest of tracks on September 7 & 8, 1966.
Personnel on "Hollywood":
Harry Sweets Edison, Al Aarons, Gene Goe, Sonny Cohn (tp), Grover Mitchell, Dick Boone, Harlan Floyd (tb), Bill Hughes (btb), Marshall Royal, Jerry Dodgion, Bobby Plater (as), Billy Mitchell, Eric Dixon (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bs), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Norman Keenan (b) and Eddie Shaughnessy (d).
Recorded at Finesound Studio, New York, December 14 (#13-15, 24), 21 (#16,18,20,23), 1966 and January 16 (#17,19,21-22), 1967
Original recordings produced by Loren Becker,
Robert Byrne & Teddy Reig
Sound engineer: C. Robert Fine
Stereo mastering: George Piros
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol