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Paris Jazz Concert 1972

  • 1. Basie Power
    2. Big Stuff
    3. Fun Time
    4. Meeting Basie
    5. Python, The
    6. Yellow Days
    7. From This Moment On
    8. It Could Happen to You
    9. Spirit Is Willing, The
    10. Cherry Point
    11. Lover
    12. I Needs to Be Bee'd With
    13. Meditation
    14. Whirlybird
    15. Clean Head Blues
    16. Cherry Red
    17. Person to Person
    18. Hold It Right Here
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1203

  • Credits

    Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (vocals, alto saxophone); Joe Williams (vocals); Paul Cohen, Sonny Cohn, George Minger, Wayman Reed, Curtis Peagler, Bobby Platter, Eric Dixon, J.C. Williams, Eddie Lockjaw" Davis (saxophones); Roy Elridge (trumpet); Al Grey, Mel Wanzo, Bill Hughes, John Watson Sr. (trombones); Freddie Green (guitar); Norman Keenan (bass); Harold Jones (percussion).
    Includes liner notes by Michel Laverdure.
    Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (vocals, alto saxophone); Joe Williams (vocals); Freddie Green (guitar); Curtis Peagler, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis , J.C. Williams, Eric Dixon , Bobby Plater (saxophone); George Minger, Roy Eldridge, Sonny Cohn, Paul Cohen (trumpet); Mel Wanzo, John Watson , Al Grey, Bill Hughes (trombone); Harold Jones (percussion).
    Liner Note Author: Michel Laverdure.
    Recording information: Paris Jazz Concert, Paris, France (04/17/1972); Salle Pleyer (04/17/1972).
    Unknown Contributor Role: Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson.
    This first volume of a 1972 Paris concert by Count Basie & His Orchestra has a diverse program full of enjoyable moments. "Whirly Bird," a contribution by Neal Hefti, is one of the big crowd pleasers of the evening. Basie himself was never one to hog the spotlight, but is featured at some length with his rhythm section in "I Needs to Be Bee'd With." "The Meeting" is a lively gospel-flavored number -- inexplicably credited to Basie, it was written by Oliver Nelson over a decade prior to this concert -- that has an uncredited but blazing Eric Dolphy-like alto sax solo and a fiery trumpet solo that could very well be Roy Eldridge. Eldridge is listed as a guest on the date, and "The Meeting stands up well to the original version recorded by Oliver Nelson that also featured Eric Dolphy. Other prominent guests featured include tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis on a turbocharged rendition of "Lover"; blues singer Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson is heard on his self-descriptive "Clean Head Blues" and also adds his alto sax to the old blues "Cherry Red." Rarely was any large ensemble as consistently swinging as Count Basie's band; this CD is highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden

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