Basie’s in top form playing with a small group. If you’re only familiar with the Basie big band sound, you’re in for a real treat! 88 Basie Street is an audiophile favorate… this nearly 25 year old recording puts to shame, today’s typical recorded music product
four cuts of the big band with arrangements by Sammy Nestico and two small group selections by the Count, “Contractor’s Blues” and “Sunday At The Savoy”, allowing the soloists to stretch out. I’m not sure why Freddie Green was not present on the big band cuts, but Joe Pass, as a guest, is a pleasant surprise for the two small group cuts.
This is the usual fine mellow groove that became the Basie stock in trade, indeed its signature…..fine solid performances both in section work and as soloists coupled with an impeccable swinging beat.
This is another fine selection for those who care for the best in big band swing and Count Basie in particular.
One of Basie’s big band albums for Pablo, recorded in May 1983, as opposed to the many small group ones he did for that label. Basie is in a mellow mood on this outing, with tempos relaxed or slow. Four of the tunes are blues; SUNDAY AT THE SAVOY is over 12 minutes long and way down home and nice. Eric Dixon (ts), Sonny Cohn (tp), Chris Woods (as) and Booty Wood (tb) are the chief soloist, and Sam Nestico did the excellent arranging. One of Basie’s better Pablo recordings, which is saying a lot.
I think it s still a beauty listening to this magnificent orchestra, and there are many very good vinyl pressings today.
TIP!!!!!!go for at least 180 gram pressings!!
LISTEN AND ENJOY!!