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Chairman of the Board

Count BasieAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1958
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00009AHLM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Basie followed up his smash Roulette debut LP Atomic Basie with this 1958 barn-burner, which featured the work of band members Thad Jones, Frank Wess and Frank Foster. Includes two additional bonus tracks from the sessions 24-bit mastered and on CD for the first time!

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant set of swinging blues August 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This Roulette remaster of Count Basie's "Chairman Of the Board" is not only the Basie band at its finest, but a CD that's the closest to being flawless of any in my collection right now. Everything -- the arrangements, audio quality and especially the performing -- comes together.
Tenor saxophonist Frank Foster, trumpeter Thad Jones and alto sax/flutist Frank Wess wrote and arranged all but one of the 10 tracks from the original album (the CD reissue also has two bonus cuts), and the result is the perfect blend of shining songwriting and powerful improvs.
Case in point: Foster's classic "Blues In Hoss' Flat," a tremendous machine powered by Sonny Payne's energetic but restrained drumming. It features grooving solos by trumpeter Joe Newman and trombonist Henry Coker. And its pace is the perfect demonstration of the "in-the-pocket" tempo Basie preferred for his songs -- quick enough to swing and jump, but steady enough that everybody can dig the beat.
Jones provides another winner in "H.R.H," a shimmering instrumental that opens in a fanfare of trumpets, then showcases a nice Al Grey trombone passage, before letting Grey and the saxes build the drama, which climaxes with a forceful trumpet finale. "Kansas City Shout," by Basie's former sax player Ernie Wilkins, is another gem, with a riveting arrangement bouncing the trumpets off the saxes.
And Jones's track "The Deacon" is simply holy -- a passionate, brilliantly-arranged set of swinging blues that showcases the author's -- and trombonist Grey's -- abilities to make their instruments sing like rapturous churchgoer. Taking its time here, framed by a long F note held by the horns -- the band builds to a wonderful climax.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definition of Swing January 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the best album available of Basie's "New Testiment" band. I definitely prefer this set over the more popular "Complete Atomic Basie" album. The arrangements are true to the Basie idiom, and stick to swinging the blues. The soloists sound inspired throughout, not to mention the virtuosic section work (dig that sax section!). Sonny Payne also is at his best here, playing very tastefully and accurately. Also, they did a marvelous job with the remastering of this album. The sound is crystal clear. I don't think I have ever heard the Basie rhythm section sound more clear than on this album. You can hear every little nuance of what Basie, Green, Jones, and Payne do during the songs. This album is what jazz is all about, and I highly recommend picking this one up today!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets In Wonderful Fabulous Sound August 20, 2008
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"Chairman of the Board" is one of the most delightful and enjoyable recordings made by the irrepressibly upbeat Count Basie. The notes for the CD argue that this is the finest album of big band jazz made during the LP era. Although one reviewer is less than absolute about this CD, I think most listeners will certainly agree there can be few albums from the era of any marked superiority.

As mentioned in the many fine reviews here, the selections are based on arrangements made by band members Thad Jones; the two Franks, saxophonists Frank Foster and Frank Wess; and ex-member Ernie Wilkins. The ten cuts on the original album have been augmented by two additional numbers, including 'Molten Swing', an updated version of an early Basie classic.

All the recordings are from 1958 - anyone hesitant about the age of the sources should not be - this is one of the golden ages of recording, and this recording exemplifies all that was so sensational about the best records then. The digital reprocessing - done in state of the art 24-bit sounds very very good.

Six pages of great notes by Bob Bernotas on the musicians, with short descriptions and details for each piece rounds off this perfect CD issue.

Five stars is the very least it deserves. Highest possible recommendation!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "re-mastered sound is pure Basie" June 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Now let's take a musical journey back to March, April and December of 1958 with the "Chairman of the Board", featuring Mr. Count Basie and his dynamic group of swinging musicians. Can't recall a better blend or sound coming from any band during that period of Jazz. Basie had a sound that couldn't be duplicated ~ oh many have tried, but there was something about the Count sitting at the piano and each member of the band taking part in this excursion of distinctive pleasure.
Take for instance "SEGUE IN C", composed by Frank Wess (alto sax, flute) is typical Basie, each cue is laid back with the Count answering with his plunk of the keyboard. Another tune "KANSAS CITY SHOUT", gives the band a total workout, as they respond to the occasion with a hip sound of brass.
Total Time: 48:04 on 12 Tracks ~ Roulette Jazz 81664 ~ (6/24/2003)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Understated Gem.......Considering February 14, 2008
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the number of excellent Basie albums in this time period: "Count Basie At Newport", "The Atomic Basie", "Basie Plays Hefti". "Sing Along With Basie", "Basie Swings, Bennett Sings" and "Basie And Eckstine Inc.".

This one is focused on members of the band who besides being excellent musicians, are very prolific as composers: Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Thad Jones and Ernie Wilkins, a former saxaphonist with the band. All of the compositions in this album were composed and arranged by these gentlemen with the exception of " Moten Swing" which was arranged by Ernie Wilkins.

The opener, "Blues In Hoss' Flat", has long been a favorite ever since I saw Jerry Lewis do a pantomine (chairman of the board?) in a 1954 movie. I didn't even know it was Count Basie at the time.

This album features so much good blues and soloists such as Frank Wess, both on tenor sax and flute, the magnificent Al Grey on trombone as well as Henry Coker, Joe Newman and Thad Jones on trumpets, Benny Powell on trombone , Frank Foster and Billy Mitchell on tenors, and Snooky Young on both muted and open trumpets. Not the least is the piano passages by Basie , the driving drums by Sonny Payne, with the whole rhythm section anchored by the guitar of Freddie Green.

This is "happy" music by a band known for its cohesion and unity......every selection enjoyable! I believe this is a necessity for your collection if you enjoy big band, and particularly Basie. I know that I enjoyed this album enough to purchase it on cd when I discovered it had been re-released.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Raised on the kid from "Red Bank"! "Blues in Hoss's Flat" (Priceless)!!!!!
Published 23 days ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Band
This is the best of so many great albums the band has performed. It showcases all the great musicians within the band.
Published 3 months ago by Alan Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT PRODUCT!!!!
Excellent Timing on the S&H!!!! It Holds perfectly and has great tension in the spring and doesn't bear down on the neck and frets of the guitar....EXCELLENT PRODUCT!!!!
Published 9 months ago by Karrissian Mickel
5.0 out of 5 stars This Big Band Class Act Just Got Better
After switching to Roulette Records in late 1957, Count Basie kept maintain
his critical success and immortality just in the wake of the blockbuster success
of The... Read more
Published 13 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Count Basie: Chairman of the Board
Count Basie brought together the best talent ever & playing them together eacg with individual talent is very astonishing & amazing!!
Published 14 months ago by Jacob Kotsi
4.0 out of 5 stars Chairman of the Board
Count Basie and his band with music from their years of playing on the Sinatra Show back in the 60's. Read more
Published on June 2, 2011 by G. J. Riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent swing
I truly don't know the best of swing-style jazz; this is just the best among what I own. Recommended!
Published on May 25, 2010 by Naturalized in Chicago
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of the art of the big band
If it's possible to pick a best album from the multitude of offerings from the Count Basie band, this is it. The ensemble playing, the soloists, and the arrangements are superb. Read more
Published on March 14, 2010 by James A. Vedda
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem
I think most people tend to forget this album. Give it a try. There is lots of variety as ther are charts by Ernie Wilkins, Thad Jones, Frank Foster among others. Read more
Published on June 8, 2009 by Michael Palermo
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fun, Lots of Swing
Just Lots of Fun, Lots of Swing; a great party !!

Lots of inspired swinging. A thrill at all moments.
Published on March 16, 2009 by Rodolfo Romanach-suarez
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