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A dynamic rendition of the Basie aggregation at it`s peak. SONNY PAYNE is a joy to watch,he literally steals the show with his fantastic drumworks and "tricks with sticks".Wow,he`s certainly in a leading role along with the Count.
It starts off with one of Frank Foster`s best compositions `EASIN IT` with fine solos and then ,what more to say,it`s all so gorgeous to be able to have this testament from a succsessful tour on DVD.
Don`t hesitate.You won`t be disappointed!
Sonny Payne is on top of his game and is a delight to watch throughout the performance. Eric Dixon displays his big, warm tenor sax sound on a gorgeous interpretation of "You Are Too Beautiful." Other tunes feature impressive solo work from Wess, Foster, and Sonny Cohn on trumpet.
Any downside to this performance will be determined by personal taste. For example, the surprisingly up-tempo rendition of "Old Man River" is great, but Payne's drum solo is long and may try the patience of some listeners. Also, vocalist Irene Reid belts out her tunes with power and conviction, apparently trying to emulate the sound (and even the look) of Ella Fitzgerald, but she will not please everyone. By her third selection, I was getting tired of hearing her repeatedly shout in the same high-impact register instead of getting inventive with the melody.
For a 1962 Swedish Television recording, this session is remarkably well preserved and restored. It's in black & white, and the lighting is a bit off in some scenes, but the sound is great all the way. This is a collector's item that will be enjoyed over and over.
This is the way jazz DVD's should be produced - no stiff introductions (as the Norman Granz collection, otherwise fine), just a straightforward presentation of the music, which is great. The producers have apparently started with a pristine tape which belies its 42 years. The transfer is fine, and this is one great production, at a reasonable price too.
The performances here harken back to a time of civility, musical understatement, conversational solos and SWING. And thank goodness it is not a new production..otherwise it would be full of lightning fast video edits and shaky hand-held camera angles designed to keep an A.D.D. MTV viewer interested for more than 10 seconds.
This is a beautiful piece of history here. Don't miss it. And check out Reelin In The Years productions' other releases at [...]
They are responsible for releasing many excellent and rare performances.
Look out for great solos from Thad Jones (how much talent did that family have?!), a three-trombone front line, and more.
As someone too young to have ever had the chance to see the Basie band with the man himself at the helm, this DVD is a treat. Must-have. Buy it now!
Great music at a great price!
Jazz Icons: Count Basie - Live in '62 (Track Listings)
1. Easin' It [5:44]
2. You Are Too Beautiful [3:38]
3. Corner Pocket [5:32]
4. Stella by Starlight [3:25]
5. Back to the Apple [5:04]
6. I Needs to Be Bee'd With [6:22]
7. I Got Rhythm [1:39]
8. Back Water Blues [4:33]
9. Alexander's Ragtime Band [3:02]
10. Old Man River [13:41]
11. One O'Clock Jump [1:38]
12. Credits [1:37]
16 page booklet featuring: liner notes by Chris Sheridan, rare photographs, memorabilia collage
Count Basie (aka: William Allen Basie)
Date of Birth: 21 August 1904 - Red Bank, New Jersey
Date of Death: 26 April 1984 - Hollywood, Florida
Here are some known and unknown facts about our favorite Jazz pianist and orchestra leader.
1. Pictured on one of a set of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued 11 September 1996, celebrating big band leaders. Other singers honored in this issue are Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey; Glenn Miller; and Benny Goodman.
2. Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1981.
3.Read more ›
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The unisox fit fine and are non-binding. Thanks. Will order more in future - you require more words? Haven't I said it all?Published on May 3, 2013 by maureen s giffrow
Almost as if to say "There will never be another you" to a concert, that is what we have here. The Count, an all-star band, and Sonny Payne driving the whole thing. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by wlipman
I have been a Basie fan since I was a junior in high school and I am now the grandfather of seven, so you know how long that's been going on. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Ken Lewis
I was very disappointed with this DVD - They do the wha-wha with the trombones, the wha-wha with the trumpets, a couple of vocals, a long drum solo. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by John M.
This DVD is excellent throughout, both video and audio. I have enjoyed it throughly.Published on January 9, 2007 by Ralph W. Short