Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 19

Swiss Radio Days, Vol. 19

by Count BasieCount Basie


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Count Basie was one of many big-band jazz leaders who had to scale back to a small group for a time around 1950, due to the lack of performing opportunities. But within a couple of years, he rebuilt his so-called "New Testament" band, with a new generation of excellent soloists, composers, and arrangers. This newly discovered concert, issued as the first of two parts by TCB in early 2009, come from a broadcast recorded for Swiss Radio during a 1956 European tour. The sound is excellent, while Basie's reserved style at the piano, together with the potent rhythm section (guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Eddie Jones, and drummer Sonny Payne), keep the band swinging. Tenor saxophonist Frank Foster's "Shiny Stockings" became a staple of the band, though this version features the magnificent trumpeter Thad Jones. Tenor saxophonist Frank Wess and trombonist Henry Coker shine in the boisterous "Sixteen Men Swinging." The band even gets on a Latin kick with Mario Bauzá's "Mambo Inn." One song played during the tour is unidentified, an easygoing swinger featuring Basie with the rhythm section. This enjoyable live CD is warmly recommended to fans of Count Basie.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2009
Label: Tcb Music
UPC: 0725095021920
catalogNumber: 2192
Rank: 143795

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader
Freddie Green   Guitar
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Reeds
Henry Coker   Trombone
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Frank Foster   Reeds
Charlie Fowlkes   Reeds
Bill Graham   Reeds
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Frank Wess   Reeds
Eddie Jones   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Doggett   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Mario Bauzá   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Composer
Frank Foster   Composer
Frank Wess   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Eddie Jones   Composer
Yvan Ischer   Radio Consultant
Peter Schmidlin   Executive Producer
Elliott   Composer
Bobby Woodland   Composer
Peter Bürli   Producer,Audio Production
Gibbs   Composer
Atkinson   Composer
Green   Composer
Elliot   Composer

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