Artist: Count Basie Albums: The Essential Count Basie - Volumes 1 & 2 Label: Columbia Jazz Masterpieces (Sony) CD Release Dates: Vol 1: 1987-06-29 Vol 2: 1987-11-16 ASIN's:...........Vol 1: B00000269U Vol 2: B0000026C3 UPC's:............Vol 1: 074644060829 Vol 2: 074644083521 Description: This collection begins with an unusual quintet context, Count Basie's first recording date after leaving Kansas City in 1936. Listening to the four selections from this session, one is struck almost immediately by the light and buoyant-never intense or heavy-feel of the music. Indeed, Basie is jazz's greatest practitioner of the understated and spare. Backed by Lester Young and Buck Clayton, each a legends in his own right, and a rhythm section of Count Basie, Freddie Green, Walter Page, and Jo Jones, this music becomes simply indomitable. Other selections on Volume 1 feature the earliest incarnation of the Basie Orchestra. On 'If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight', we hear the beautiful voice of Helen Humes, who sings in a fashion similar to another Basie alumna, the great Billy Holiday. The arrangement of 'Rock-a-Bye Basie' is usually credited to Jimmy Mundy, but it was probably modified by many of the members of the band. In any case, it is played with conviction and swung with gentle, dancing riffs in a manner few of Basie's contemporaries could approach. Volume 2 continues the early years of the Count's illustrious career. Despite obvious differences between the early Basie bands and the smoother, more polished, outfits of the '60s and '70s, one factor remains constant: Basie rarely deviated from his policy of swinging at danceable tempos. We hear a raw and energetic band. Musicians Lester Young, Dickie Wells, Buck Clayton, Jo Jones, and others, were creating a new style of music during the period documented here, and their enthusiasm and verve is palpable. Standout tracks include 'Lester Leaps In' and 'I Never Knew', both of which spotlight the great tenor sound of Lester 'Prez' Young. In summary, this is truly classic swing music, and it gets no better. It captures the essence of what was sometimes called the 'Old Testament' Basie band. Personnel: Count Basie [leader, piano] Jimmy Mundy [arranger] Andy Gibson [arranger] Eddie Durham [arranger] Buck Clayton [arranger, trumpet] Tab Smith [arranger, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone] Helen Humes [vocals] Jimmy Rushing [vocals] Carl Smith [trumpet] Harry Edison [trumpet] Ed Lewis [trumpet] Shad Collins [trumpet] Dickey Wells [trombone] Dan Minor [trombone] Benny Morton [trombone] Jack Washington [alto saxophone, baritone saxophone] Earle Warren [alto saxophone] Buddy Tate [tenor saxophone] Lester Young [tenor saxophone] Freddie Green [guitar] Walter Page [bass] Jo Jones [drums] Performances: Volume 1 01 - Oh, Lady Be Good [03:08.00] 02 - Goin' to Chicago Blues [03:07.17] 03 - Live and Love Tonight [03:05.50] 04 - Love Me or Leave Me [02:31.70] 05 - Rock-a-Bye Basie [03:02.43] 06 - Baby, Don't Tell on Me [02:52.72] 07 - If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight [02:59.43] 08 - Taxi War Dance [02:49.55] 09 - Jump for Me [03:10.55] 10 - Twelfth Street Rag [03:03.62] 11 - Miss Thing (Part 1) [02:52.50] 12 - Miss Thing (Part 2) [02:45.30] 13 - Lonesome Miss Pretty [02:53.30] 14 - Nobody Knows [02:47.10] 15 - Pound Cake [02:44.25] 16 - How Long Blues [02:58.35] [Volume 1 recorded between 1936 & 1939] Volume 2 01 - I Can't Believe that You're in Love with Me [02:42.15] 02 - Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie [02:29.52] 03 - Dickie's Dream [03:08.63] 04 - Lester Leaps In [03:13.25] 05 - The Apple Jump [02:58.37] 06 - I Left My Baby [03:14.30] 07 - Volcano [02:51.15] 08 - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea [02:34.55] 09 - I Never Knew [02:40.73] 10 - Tickle Toe [02:39.32] 11 - Louisiana [02:26.28] 12 - Easy Does It [03:28.00] 13 - Let Me See [02:47.27] 14 - Blow Top [02:55.18] 15 - Gone With 'what' Wind [02:47.32] 16 - Super Chief [03:22.30] [Volume 2 recorded between 1939 & 1940] Liner Scans: No Format: FLAC [Free Lossless Audio Codec] Extraction: EAC v1.0 beta 2 [Exact Audio Copy] File Size: 265 MiB Posting Date: 15 September 2011 Posting Group: alt.binaries.sounds.lossless Contact: alt.binaries.sounds.lossless.d PAR2: 3 Universal Blocks [2^2 - 1] - (Repairs any 3 3918848 Byte Articles) Maximum Part Size: 536870912 Bytes [2^30 / 2]; 2% Recovery Volumes [REV] Maximum Articles/Part: 137 <http://tiny.cc/New137/ yEnc Lines: 30616 [(2^30 / 2) / (2^7 * 137)] More from Isis: <http://tiny.cc/IsisCD/ Movies Anyone?: <http://tiny.cc/Isis55423 "Often imitated, but never duplicated"