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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic performance, surprisingly good audio
The Jazz Icons series does a great service by preserving for us an important part of American musical heritage. I've been a Basie fan for a long time, and had the opportunity to see the band perform a couple of times with the Count at the helm, so I may be biased, but I think the Basie DVD is the best one of the series that I've seen so far. It features some of the...
Published on April 11, 2007 by James A. Vedda

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3.0 out of 5 stars Edward at Capel U.K.
Yes ! Five stars for the sheer perfection of the band. But - oh dear - that persistent menace of the music world , the "vocalist", appears after a few numbers, and a more egotistical and caterwauling example I have yet to be subjected to ! What a shame. Luckily the use of the forward button takes care of this. Music lovers remove two stars, throat specialists can have a...
Published on November 11, 2006 by E. J. Tomlin


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic performance, surprisingly good audio, April 11, 2007
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James A. Vedda (Alexandria, VA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jazz Icons: Count Basie Live in '62 (DVD)
The Jazz Icons series does a great service by preserving for us an important part of American musical heritage. I've been a Basie fan for a long time, and had the opportunity to see the band perform a couple of times with the Count at the helm, so I may be biased, but I think the Basie DVD is the best one of the series that I've seen so far. It features some of the Count's legendary sidemen. To name just a few: Frank Wess and Frank Foster in the sax section, Thad Jones and Snooky Young on trumpet, Sonny Payne on drums, and of course, Freddie Green on guitar.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basie in Sweden, October 2, 2006
This review is from: Jazz Icons: Count Basie Live in '62 (DVD)
A beautifully photographed concert from the vaults of Swedish Television.

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!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blast From The Past - Beautiful!, January 26, 2007
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Jeff Lowenthal (Chicago, IL United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jazz Icons: Count Basie Live in '62 (DVD)
At last, a DVD which has great historical value, great video quality (b & w) and good audio. Nirvana for the collector.

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.

Five stars!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This DVD.., November 19, 2006
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This review is from: Jazz Icons: Count Basie Live in '62 (DVD)
If you like Basie's bands you will love it. Considering the year is 1962, the audio and video recording from this Swedish concert are near pristine. Amateur historians will recognize all the Count's usual suspects including Freddie Green and Sonny Payne, but I also recognized a young Thad Jones, Frank Foster and Snooky Young.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC BASIE AT HIS BEST, October 26, 2006
This review is from: Jazz Icons: Count Basie Live in '62 (DVD)
This is the Atomic band of the late 1950's early 60's which was the most dynamic of all the Basie groups after 1950. The relaxed swing with the explosive fills and breaks of Sonny Payne create an exciting tension that only Basie had the recipie for. The DVD is a great find and very special for fans of big bands. A beautiful presentation fitting the royalty of the subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, January 11, 2007
This review is from: Jazz Icons: Count Basie Live in '62 (DVD)
Every Basie video on the market is worth having, but this one is a must and probably the best. Not only does it boast such luminaries as Thad Jones and Snooky Young in their last years with the band but it also includes several seldom-heard items from the band's book, most notably great ballad features for tenor saxophonist Eric Dixon and trumpeter Sonny Cohn. In addition, the band's often-maligned drummer, Sonny Payne, is in top form, both in the rhythm section and on his feature, "Old Man River."

Great music at a great price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can sum this DVD up in two words..., December 27, 2006
This review is from: Jazz Icons: Count Basie Live in '62 (DVD)
... and those two words are SONNY PAYNE. To see the man in action is to experience a whole 'nuther level in drumming. From dropping atomic bombs to whisper quiet swingin' ride cymbal in the blink of an eye, Sonny Payne was the bedrock of this incredible group of musicians.

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Live in Sweden 1962 ... Count Basie ... Jazz Icons (2006)", December 31, 2009
This review is from: Jazz Icons: Count Basie Live in '62 (DVD)
Reelin' in The Years Productions presents "COUNT BASIE LIVE IN '62", features one of the best performances within the Jazz Icons Series to date --- Piano: Count Basie -- Alto Sax: Marshal Royal and Frank Wess -- Tenor Sax: Eric Dixon, Frank Foster, Frank Wess -- Baritone Sax: Charlie Fowlkes -- Trumpet: Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn, Thad Jones, Snooky Young -- Trombone: Henry Coker, Quentin Jackson, Benny Powell -- Guitar: Freddie Green -- Bass: Eddie Jones -- Drums: Sonny Payne -- and Vocal: Irene Reid --- Each is the special components of the "New Testament" Basie band.

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]

Features:
16 page booklet featuring: liner notes by Chris Sheridan, rare photographs, memorabilia collage

BIOS:
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. Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 48-50. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
4. He was nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
5. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
6. He was inducted into the 2010 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

Plus the countless number of years performances and recordings making fantabulous music --- Must have for any and all collectors of Jazz and Count Basie, can you dig it!

Total Time: 56 on 12 Tracks ~ Jazz Icons TDK ~ (9/26/2006)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Swing Machine, December 17, 2006
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C.A. Arthur (Tacoma, Washington) - See all my reviews
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This is the Basie band at its best, missing only Eddie Lockjaw Davis. It swings and it roars. What a glorious memory. The film quality of this DVD is excellent, as is the sound. The performance is marred, however, by a dreadful vocalist, Irene Reid, and by an overly long Sonny Payne drum solo, complete with stick juggling and fumbling. Basie came from an era when people expected to be entertained.

Don't miss this one, jazz fans. The swing machine will help you remember better days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great snapshot of the Kennedy-era Basie band, November 25, 2006
This review is from: Jazz Icons: Count Basie Live in '62 (DVD)
Count Basie was one of the few big-band leaders who survived the shift in popular tastes from swing to pop vocals (and later, to rock'n'roll...) His organization chugged along over the decades, always maintaining a high level of professionalism and class. This film shows the Basie band in fine form, performing live in Sweden on April 24, 1962, and it is a study in economy, precision and swank, swinging ooompf. The Basie band didn't produce star players the same way Ellington or Art Blakey did, but there was certainly no shortage of talent in his lineup, and it's fascinating to see the ensemble alternate between controlled, tightly arranged ensemble playing and explosive bursts of bluesy power. Basie is a beaming, beatific presence throughout -- he obviously loved his work, and even if you've found his repertoire to be a little bit staid, the difference between *hearing* Basie's music and *seeing* it is immense. Here is a fine opportunity to see latter-day big band music at its finest... fun stuff!
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