Complete Reprise Studio Recordings

Complete Reprise Studio Recordings

by Count Basie


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The long-awaited collaboration between two icons, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the '60s when his band was more popular and better known than it ever was, even in the big-band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career. Propelled by the irresistible drums of Sonny Payne, Sinatra careens up to and around the tunes, reacting jauntily to the beat and encouraging Payne to swing even harder, which was exactly the way to interact with the Basie rhythm machine -- using his exquisite timing flawlessly. Also, the members of the Basie band play a more prominent role than usual on these two Sinatra records (originally released as Sinatra-Basie and It Might as Well Be Swing), with soloists like Frank Wess -- in some of the finest flute work of his life -- and tenors Frank Foster and Eric Dixon getting prominent solo opportunities on several of the tracks. The music was criticized by some as a letdown when it came out, probably because the charts of Neal Hefti and Quincy Jones rarely permit the band to roar, concentrating on use of subtlety and space. Yet its restraint has worn very well over the long haul. It doesn't beat you into submission, and the treatment of these standards is wonderfully playful.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2011
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072331525
catalogNumber: 33152

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Primary Artist,Piano
Frank Sinatra   Vocals
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Grover Mitchell   Trombone
Marshall Royal   Reeds,Saxophone
Wallace Davenport   Trumpet
Neal Hefti   Conductor
Aarons   Trumpet
Porcino   Trumpet
Israel Baker   Violin
Thelma Beach   Violin
Buddy Catlett   Bass
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
George Cohn   Trumpet
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Eric Dixon   Reeds,Saxophone
Bonnie Douglas   Violin
Frank Foster   Reeds,Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Reeds,Saxophone
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Jimmy Getsoff   Violin
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Don Rader   Trumpet
Lou Raderman   Violin
Emil Richards   Vibes
Paul Robyn   Viola
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Paul Shure   Violin
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Rufus Wagner   Trombone
Frank Wess   Flute,Reeds,Saxophone
Ann Goodman   Cello
Stan Harris   Viola
Albert Aarons   Trumpet
F.P. Ricard   Trumpet

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sonny Burke   Producer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Larry Walsh   Engineer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Stan Cornyn   Liner Notes
Joel Whitburn   Source Material
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Delores Vicki Silvers   Composer
Charles Pignone   Producer
Hal Gaba   Executive Producer
Bart Howard   Composer
Robin Douglas-Home   Liner Notes

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