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.
HERE IS A VIDEO OF THE 2 GREATEST JAZZ PIANISTS EVER(I THINK)
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!!
Ray Sings Basie Swings -ltd-45 RPM
Release date: 13-10-2007
2007 US strictly limited edition 13-track 2-LP set pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL, half-speed mastered by Stan Ricker, featuring a superb collaboration between Charles and Basie’s orchestra, as they swing their way through 12 top cuts, plus bonus recording ‘Them That Got’ featuring the orchestra by themselves, presented in embossed deluxe individually numbered gatefold pasted sleeve, housed in perforated tear strip bag.
01. Oh What A Beautiful Morning
02. Let The Good Times Roll
03. How Long Has This Been Going On?
04. Every Saturday Night
06. Cryin’ Time
08. Come Live With Me
09. Feel So Bad
10. The Long And Winding Road
11. Look What They’ve Done To My Song
12. Georgia On My Mind
13. Them That Got – bonus track
Ray Sings Basie Swings combines archival, never-before-heard Ray Charles vocal recordings with brand new performances by the Count Basie Orchestra. This groundbreaking release gives listeners the unprecedented experience of hearing Ray Charles at the dazzling peak of his vocal prowess. Ray Sings Basie Swings was created with the most up-to-date recording and mixing technology, offering sound quality that is state-of-the-art.
The producers of this project discovered archival reels of Ray Charles and the Count Basie Orchestra performing live together in 1973. Although the vocals were superior, the remaining elements were of extremely poor quality. They decided to bring the current Basie Orchestra into the studio and, using the latest technology, they carefully and painstakingly laid down a new instrumental backdrop for Charles’ towering vocals.
2 ELPEES HQ 45 RPM RECORDINGS AND PRESSINGS ONE OF THE BEST RECORDS I VE EVER HEARD, AS ALWAYS, ORDER FROM ME, I BEAT THE PRICE!!
COUNT BASIE, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD 200 GRAM QUIEX PRESSING SUPER SOUND
Release date: 12-01-2007 (originally released in 1959)
US exclusive limited MONO edition 10-track LP pressed on 200gram QUIEX SUPER VINYL,- Count Basie’s classic 1958 album ‘Chairman of the board’. Although released at a time when Count Basie was highly successful, the album was comparatively low-key session. A brassy powerful vision of the blues that shows the ‘new testament’ version of Basie’s orchestra on top form! housed in sticker-sealed PVCsleeve.
01. Blues in hoss flat
02. HRH(Her Loyal Highness)
03. Segue in C
04. Kansas city shout
05. Speaking of sounds
06. TV time
07. Who me
09. Half moon street
10. Mutt and jeff
One of the FIVE recordings the Basie Band made for its new label
in 1959 and in hindsight the one many call his best. By this time, stereo
recording had developed significantly and it shows in the spaciousness of
the recording. Big Band is hard to capture in mono as well as it can be
recorded in stereo and this original two track is BIG BAND Stereo! This one
gets top recommendations.
One of my all time favorites!!! Very good sound quality
As always, can order from me new ans sealed and you Know, I beat the price
Count Basie & Duke Ellington First Time! – The Count Meets The Duke 1x LP 180 gr. HQ VinyL
Release date: 25-09-2008 (originally release from 1961)
2008 UK issue 8-track 180 gram virgin vinyl LP audiophile re-mastered limited edition – This legendary 1961 date has a friendly after-hours feel, with the Ellington crew in the right channel and the Basie band in the left. They both deliver the type of no-nonsense straight-ahead jazz that characterized the best of the big-band sound. The sparring here between soloists of both bands is a pure delight, especially the gentle conversations between the two leaders-pianists, who finish each other’s thoughts as if all four hands were attached to one unified torso – Sealed and stickered in original artwork sleeve.
01. Battle Royal
02. To You
03. Take The A Train
04. Until I Met You
05. Wild Man
06. Segue In C
08. Jumpin’ At The Woodside
The musical event which is presented in this album is without precedent in the history of jazz. History largely consists of chronicling momentous occasions and it was such an occasion when the full orchestras of Duke Ellington and Count Basie recorded together on July 6, 1961. The result is almost an embarrassment of riches. It is great in significance, great in musical content and, above all, great in demonstrating the two famous leaders’ mutual appreciation and understanding of each other. At first glance this collaboration should not have worked. The Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras had already been competitors for 25 years but the leaders’ mutual admiration (Ellington was one of Basie’s main idols) and some brilliant planning made this a very successful and surprisingly uncrowded encounter. On most selections Ellington and Basie both play piano (their interaction with each other is wonderful) and the arrangements allowed the stars from both bands to take turns soloing.
WHAT TO SAY, A CLASSIC AND A GOOD QUALITY PRESSING, AS ALWAYS ORDER FROM ME, i BEAT THE PRICE
Release date: 17-11-2001 (originally released in 1961)
2001 issue US exclusive 7-track LP pressed on 200 gram QUIEX SUPER VINYL – A second installment of the highly enjoyable Armstrong-Ellington encounter, a fantastic reunion album which commemorated a musical collaboration of great magnitude in the world of jazz! – Sealed & stickered in original perforated tear strip bag,
01. It Don’t Mean A Thing
03. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
04. I’m Beginning To See The Light
05. Just Squeeze Me
06. I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
Released as a second volume of recordings by Roulette Records from a 1961 summit between two jazz icons, after hearing this collaboration you’ll wish they had recorded ten volumes. And with the musical talent and knowledge between them, they could have! Using Armstrong’s regulars plus Ellington at the piano (who performs exceptionally well, comping understatedly behind the vocals), the duo romps through seven of the Duke’s most famous and popular compositions. And when Satchmo decides to blow, he shapes his solos perfectly into the tasteful arrangements. With Trummy Young on trombone and Barney Bigard on clarinet plus a rhythm section of Mort Herbert on bass and Danny Barcelona on drums, these recordings are a once-in-a-lifetime dream summit meeting that thank God producer Bob Thiele was brilliantly astute enough to arrange and capture on tape.
as always…order from me, I beat the price!!
LP pressed on 200 gram QUIEX SUPER VINYL
first release of the 2 albums recorded together with the great Duke Ellington 1961.
This is my favorite jazz LP, even better than Davis’s “Kind of Blue,” Armstrong’s “Great Chicago Concert,” Artie Shaw’s “Highlights from Self Portrait,” Sintra’s “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers,” Ella (singing almost anything), and “The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong.” Armstrong’s All-Stars with Duke sitting in on piano, playing all Ellington. Great compositions with great improvisations.
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Just listen to the music. “Cottontail” opens with consecutive solos by Ellington, the great Barney Bigard, Armstrong, and trombonist Trummy Young, then later features a great scat “verse” by Armstrong. Almost every one of the cuts is as strong.
This was the LP that brought clarinetist Barney Bigard to my attention. He played for years with Ellington’s band, then with Armstrong’s All-Stars, and I later read in Gary Giddins’s “Satchmo” that Armstrong considered him the best jazz clarinetist he ever worked with. Listen to his solos on “Cottontail” (one is in the Amazon.com sample) and “Beautiful American”, as well as his sparkling repartee with Armstrong on “In a Mellow Tone.”
Peters TIP, Buy these 2 albums together, a must have in every collection!!
Release date: 13-07-2000 (originally released in 1962)
2000 German limited edition 11-track LP pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL, originally released in 1962,This recording represents Oscar Peterson at his most commercially accommodating, yet his trio with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen never fails to swing. The program includes such familiar melodies as the title track (which began life as Duke Ellington’s “Happy Go Lucky Local”), “Georgia on My Mind,” and “The Honeydripper.” With the notable exception of the gospel-like original “Hymn to Freedom,” most of the tracks clock in at around three minutes.presented in sealed & stickered picture sleeve
01. Night Train
02. C Jam Blues
03. Georgia On My Mind
04. Bags’ Groove
05. Moten Swing
06. Easy Does It
07. Honey Dripper
08. Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
09. I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good
10. Band Call
11. Hymn To Freedom
Bass – Ray Brown
Drums – Ed Thigpen
Piano – Oscar Peterson
Producer – Norman Granz
Real fans have always been in the know: the Oscar Peterson Trio was never better than in the Sixties. Enough said! Quite undeniably it was during this time that the pianist and his partners Ray Brown (bass) and Ed Thipgen (drums) achieved their greatest success â€“ and this success was never quite repeated with a different team of musicians. One of the albums to emerge from this era was Night Train, an album which still today is to be found right at the top of the best of the best of jazz lists.
As is only right and proper for a formation made up of black musicians, blues â€“ the bedrock of American jazz â€“ is right at the heart of this music. In addition to a whole series of well-known, swinging numbers which will set your pulse racing such as the peppy C-Jam-Blues or the breathless, racing Honey-Dripper, this album also contains several dreamy ballads of extraordinary beauty. And if your spine set deliciously tingling when listening to Georgia On My Mind or the famous Hymn of Freedom, then itâ€™s high time to visit a doctor! This auspicious compilation containing Petersonâ€™s most important numbers also deserves praise for its excellent tonal quality and the high standard of the pressing. But why waste words â€“ the fans know all that anyway!
Recording: December 1962 by Val Valentin / Production: Norman Granz
What an album, I love oscar Peterson, will post (much) more reviews of him and his wonderfull music.
Peter s TIP: at night, good turntable, read my turntable reviews 😉 fireplace burning, glas of wine and Oscar Peterson, Life can t be better.
|Release date: 08-02-2002 (recording in 1967-68)
2002 German Speakers cornerlimited edition 10-track LP pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL,-Oscar Petersen himself claimed to have made his best recordings MPS. In the label’s archives for were lost tapes from Petersons heydey. And lo and behold, a number of previously unreleased recordings were discovered which had been taped ”exclusively for my friends” in the private studio in Villingen in 1965-1968 – Presented in sealed & stickered picture sleeve
01. Gravy Waltz
Tears of sorrow mingled with tears of joy as Oscar Peterson fans realized that the keyboard genius, who had just recovered his health, was still capable of amazing them all, although he had obivously forfited some of his past vitality. This may well have introduced MPS–the label with whom Oscar Peterson himself clamimed to have made his best recordings–to search their archives for lost tapes from Peterson’s heydey. A number of previously unreleased recordings were discovered, which had been taped “exclusively for my friends” in the private studio in Villngen, 1965-1968. The electric atmosphere of these live sessions before a mere handful of listeners proves once again just how at home the musicians felt in the Black Forest villa–as is borne out by the fact that Peterson’s usual trio formation alternated with his stand-in musicians of Sam Jones on the bass and Bobby Durham on the drums.
As promised to you, the second Oscar Peterson review and this is one of my all time favorite!! As always order from me, I beat the price!!
Release date: 13-07-2005 (originally released in 1961)
2003 German Speaker Corners limited edition 6-track audiophile stereo LP, pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL- A famous critic once described the music on this LP as an Elementary lesson in the grammar and soul of jazz. Surely there is no better classification of this vinyl disc, although it will certainly appeal to more advanced jazz lovers too. also featuring Ray Brown on Bass & Ed Thigpen on Drums – Presented in sealed picture sleeve.
Many will know the great Oscar Peterson only as a soloist or as part of a trio. But he is equally sovereign and sensitive when accompanying soloists on all kinds of instruments. And this has been proved not only by this particular Verve LP!
As always, order from me, I will beat the price!!
About Lady Sings The Blues by Billie Holiday:
Although Billie Holiday’s repertoire covered barely more than a dozen pure blues numbers during the course of her long career from 1933 to 1959, music critics always referred to her as the ‘Lady [who] sings the blues’. And that hasn’t changed to this day. In truth the recordings she made for Columbia in the Thirties and those for Clef/ Verve between 1953 and 1957 were a highly varied mixture of titles from the American songbook and her own compositions.
version of strange fruit by UB40
This album in its original cover proves for first time just how great the old Clef recordings by Norman Granz can sound. And surely almost no-one will still possess a well-preserved copy (with lyrics!).
Miles davis, kind of Blue
Captured during two impromptu recording sessions, Kind of Bluefeatures tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb, and the pianists Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans (although not at the same time).
The band was sort of an odd mix of musicians. Davis and Coltrane had been performing together for some time, during which time Coltrane had been shifting his style from an awkward post-bop to one that involved flurries of furious notes – dubbed “sheets of sound.” This method was one he developed while playing with pianistThelonious Monk. Coltrane was inching closer to the avant-garde, and would soon be regarded as an innovative genius for composing and recordingGiant Steps. His playing on Kind of Bluerepresents a transition from one style to another.
Jimmy Cobb and Paul Chambers do the same. They strip down the conventions of a jazz rhythm section, reducing them to their simplest parts. The restrained and resonant pairing of Cobb’s ride cymbal with Chambers’ tone is inimitable and indelible.
August 17th, 1959 on Columbia Records
- Miles Davis – Trumpet
- Bill Evans – Piano on all tracks except “Freddie Freeloader”
- Wynton Kelly – Piano on “Freddie Freeloader”
- John Coltrane – Tenor Saxophone
- Julian “Cannonball” Adderley – Alto Saxophone
- Paul Chambers – Bass
- Jimmy Cobb – Drums
- Track List:
- So What
- Freddie Freeloader
- Blue in Green
- All Blues
- Flamenco Sketches