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Homage to Count Basie

Bob MintzerAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Digital Music Prod
  • ASIN: B00004YNBZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Havin' Some Fun
2. April In Paris
3. One O'Clock Jump
4. Lester Jumps Out
5. Cute
6. Shiny Stockings
7. Home Basie
8. Lil' Darlin'

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mintzer's best ? Mmm well, it could be ! October 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Bob Mintzer states on the sleeve that it was one of his "most fun recording experience". It fully comes through to the listener's ears. I have to admit I'm not objective at all: Mintzer is one of my favorites, both as a "horn" and a Big Band (I have all his DMP releases). But I'm also an absolute Basie fan... Therefore this CD couldn't do any wrong ! But still: it exceeds any expectation you could have. Mintzer succeeded in not trying to just re-record a clean, modern and digital Basie sound: it is definitly Mintzer. But he perfectly captures the laidback Basie feeling. My preferred track is the first, "Havin' Some Fun", which is a Mintzer original: typical 120 bpm swing, Nestico-/Thad Jones-/Foster-ish ensembles, a rythm which also reminds me of the Jones/Lewis Orchestra, great solos by the Boss himself and RR on the bari, some juicy sax soli... What else dream of ? The re-arranged Basie classics are also great, most with a slight touch of pensive nostalgia. If I could keep only one of Mintzer's DMP albums, it would be this one. Thanks, Bob Mintzer ! When will it be possible to listen to the Band live here in Europe ?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GRAMMY AWARD WINNER! April 14, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Best Large Jazz Ensemble 2002
The fifth time is the charm for this talented player, arranger, leader and educator! The saxophonist for the Yellowjackets is recognized for his own project with his first GRAMMY AWARD! This CD smokes!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice update to the Basie sound. February 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed this album. Bob clearly did his homework in crafting the arrangements of classic Basie tunes. He didn't just copy Basie charts, but added a little "Mintzerizing." He also contributed some original compositions. 'Having Some Fun' is right in the Basie pocket, but 'Home Basie' departs into a funk groove -- it's a nice change of pace. I also like the recording -- direct to 2 track. We're getting a live performance from the studio here, not a multitracked, perfected, punched in thing. If you want to hear the Basie orchestra, buy a Basie CD. But if you like the Basie style and want to hear a tasteful modern take on it, buy "Homage to Count Basie" and enjoy!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired Performance August 27, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I just can't get excited about this CD. The band appears to "phone it in" without much life. Granted, the Basie orchestra didn't play with the fire that Buddy Rich's or Woody Herman's bands did; that wasn't their style. But they always swung with that reknown "Basie bounce," which is sorely missing here. The musicianship is there, but not the emotion. Bottom line: want to hear some good Basie tunes? Skip this one and grab a Basie CD. Recommentations: "Best of Count Basie: The Roulette Years" and "Live at the Sands (Before Frank)."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling! January 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sizzling performances. Sizzling sound. Boppin'. Spang-a-langin'. This CD sounds great!
I usually like smaller ensemble jazz most, but this is an exception. Mintzer plays the big band sound with hot individual playing. Highly recommended!
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