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5.0 out of 5 stars classic, January 29, 2012
This review is from: Count Basie & The Kansas City 7 (Audio CD)
ABC Impulse! may have become known in the mid-1960s as a free jazz label thanks to John Coltrane, but when it launched in 1961, it released albums of straight jazz by the elders: Benny Carter, Ray Charles, and Duke Ellington recording with 'Trane.

And Count Basie. This is subtle blues, played smooth and sublime by the master. Basie, with his bands, had a cheerful take on the genre, invoking both 1940s swing and 1950s cool jazz. He continues this on this marvelous album.

You have to goose the volume a little to hear this, but when you do, the shaded and subtle take on blues-where no one instrument stands out-is revealed as full, filling and delicious.

No matter what sphere of jazz you like, you would be truly missing out if you don't hear this album by this master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More modern but still swinging, March 10, 2012
This review is from: Count Basie & The Kansas City 7 (Audio CD)
This unorthodox Count Basie album has, first of all, a band smaller than the big band
(made from the big band guys), playing as tightly as the big band usually does, but in a more modern and cool fashion.... Lighter in tone than Basie's outfits usually are
(with large role for the flute section), it's still not just pandering to the times - it's real musicianship folks!
And it still swings, have no fear about that!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Basie at his Swinging Best, June 11, 2013
This review is from: Count Basie & The Kansas City 7 (Audio CD)
~ Recorded in March 1962, this Count Basie septet session easily ranks at or near his best. The front line of Thad Jones on trumpet, Frank Foster (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7), Frank Wess (tracks 2, 4, 6, 8), and Eric Dixon on various saxophones, flutes, and clarinet, and Count Basie on piano and organ is perfectly matched with the support of Freddie Green on guitar, Sonny Payne on drums and Eddie Jones on bass. The septet is in superlative form on a variety of blues, standards, and originals. The variety of voicings and textures provided by the multiple reed instruments provides an ever-changing quality to the music. The drumming by Sonny Payne is outstanding throughout.
* This recording is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
~ Oh, Lady, Be Good (Ira Gershwin) 4:40 ~ Basie's 1938 version of this tune is famous for being the recording debut of Lester Young. In this 1962 version, Basie sets a bouncing dance tempo over which Dixon, Jones, and Foster provide sparkling solos.
~ Secrets (Frank Wess) 4:08 ~ This jaunty track features Wess on alto flute, Jones on muted trumpet, Dixon on C flute, and some great brush work by Payne.
~ I Want a Little Girl (Murray Mencher / Billy Moll) 4:16 ~ With Jones on wa-wa trumpet, Foster on tenor, Dixon on clarinet, and Basie on organ, this track is tune is taken at a slow melancholy pace.
~ Shoe Shine Boy (Sammy Cahn / Saul Chaplin) 4:07 ~ This is an updated version of a 1936 Basie clasic with great ensemble playing by everybody.
~ Count's Place (Count Basie) 5:28 ~ Typical Basie ... a catchy riff-based tune featuring some fine Basie piano and Payne drumming.
~ Senator Whitehead (Frank Wess) 4:12 ~ With the same instrumentation as "Secrets" this piece dances along at a swinging fast pace.
~ Tally-Ho, Mr. Basie! (Count Basie) 4:28 ~ Another great riff-based Basie tune with more great playing from Basie and his band.
~ What'Cha Talkin'? (Thad Jones) 4:59 ~ A distinctive Jones piece with excellent execution of the ensemble passages by Jones, Foster, Wess, and Dixon.
~ A thorough search of Amazon will reveal that this CD is also available with "Trey of Hearts" (Thad Jones) 3:43 ~ A bonus track that was not included in the original vinyl LP, this track gives Count Basie a chance to shine on piano. I gave the CD that includes the bonus track 5 stars because of the extra value.
NOTE: This CD on the Impulse! Label should not be confused with a CD issued in 1980 on the Pablo label with an almost identical title Kansas City 7.
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