The Big Band: A Tribute to Basie

The Big Band: A Tribute to Basie

by Jimmy McGriffJimmy McGriff


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Organist Jimmy McGriff's debut recording for the Solid State label (which has been reissued on a 1996 Laserlight CD) was also his first of many with a big band. McGriff pays tribute to the Count Basie Orchestra by performing ten songs from the Basie book (both of the 1940s and '50s) with a large group that includes many Basie veterans. The orchestra is mostly used as a prop, however, for McGriff is generally the main soloist on such tunes as Buster Harding's "Hob Nail Boogie," "Swingin' the Blues," "Cute," "Avenue C" and "L'il Darlin.'" Matching the leader's powerful organ with a big band was a logical idea and one that would be successfully repeated quite a few times in the future. This budget CD gives one a good sampling of Jimmy McGriff's playing.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/2006
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0094636464428
catalogNumber: 64644
Rank: 93978

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy McGriff   Primary Artist,Organ
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Richard Davis   Bass
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Mel Lewis   Drums
Billy Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone
Seldon Powell   Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Drums
Manny Albam   Conductor
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Burt Collins   Trumpet
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Dick Hixson   Trombone
J. Alan Johnson   Trombone
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Tom McIntosh   Trombone
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Tony Studd   Bass Trombone
Frank Wess   Alto Saxophone
Joe Newman Quartet   Trumpet
Richard Gene Williams   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Memphis Slim   Composer
Buck Clayton   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Manny Albam   Arranger,Composer
Eddie Durham   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Composer
Sonny Lester   Producer,Audio Production
Bob Porter   Liner Notes
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Buster Harding   Composer

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