This One's For Basie

July 24, 1990 | Format: MP3

$7.92
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 24, 1990
  • Release Date: July 24, 1990
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1990 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 41:19
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  • ASIN: B000WLKXLS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,909 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Faust on July 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The mutual admiration society between Count Basie and Buddy Rich is well documented. Buddy sat in with Basie's band in the 40's but tore up the blank check the Count gave him for his services. Basie responded with an inscribed gold watch which I understand he wore all of his life (Source: Traps the Drum Wonder by Mel Torme). Anyway, I guess this was Rich's way of paying tribute to the Count. Recorded in 1956 in LA, this set of Basie standards is well conceived and executed. The all-star line-up of west coast studio jocks backing Buddy includes Frank Rosolino, Conrad Gozzo, Bob Cooper, Jimmy Rowles, a few others and of course the immortal Harry "Sweets" Edison who was also a Rich favorite. This session swings fairly well and benefits from the contributions of ace arranger Marty Paich. The only drawback - and it's minor - is that as a studio band these guys are a little too tight. Ordinarily this wouldn't matter but when you're doin' Basie, you gotta be loose! Still highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I love this album because it's one of the few small group recordings I know of with Buddy. It's the most tasteful, controlled and technique oriented playing I've heard from him.
Don't get me wrong, the CD swings! Afterall, it is a tribute to Basie. But the overwhelming power and runaway solosits of his later bands are replaced instead by straight ahead, clean charts that groove due to the masterful work of the musicians, rather than the number of them.
This is a great CD. One of my favorites from Rich. If you want to hear more of his swing band before the rock influence of the 60's, check out "Rich-Ual Dance". Another burner in the traditional swing spirit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolando J on August 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD
For the most part, this is and an ensemble work. I used to play this in college and my roommate Wolfie would say it sounded like Jetson's music. He was of course referring to the cartoon when on the odd occasion, George would play drums with his band. The are is a couple of extended drum solos, but, for the most part Buddy plays to drive the band. The horns come out of nowhere to further drive the music beyond the drumming. Great stuff. The stuff swings, that's for sure. I disagree with the other review staying the band should have played looser. When you've got Buddy driving you to the next level, you have to stay tight for cohesive presentation. I admit, this wasn't Basie's style, it was loose and moving. But these arrangements and the songs selected were supposed to be the work of a tight band following the explosive drumming of a master.
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I have to start this out by saying that I wasn't a huge Buddy Rich fan/listener until I found some of his older recordings from the 1950s and 60s. I was originally drawn to this album because of the trumpet personnel: Conrad Gozzo (who played with Sinatra most notably), Pete Candoli, and Harry "Sweets" Edison (who is the only one on this album to be an actual alumnus of the Basie Orchestra). I'm a trumpet player, so I'm always looking to listen to some of the true greats. It's an incredibly tight and swingin' section, and it's somewhat difficult to find recordings with Gozzo on them. Frank Rosolino on trombone, Bob Enevoldsen on valve trombone & tenor sax, Bob Coooper on tenor sax, Buddy Collette on tenor & bari sax & flute, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass, Bill Pitman on guitar, and of course Rich on drums.

It's somewhat of a small group, especially considering the huge big band and soloists that the Buddy Rich Band developed into later. It's really refreshing to hear Rich playing with an eleven-piece band; it's not in-your-face, hard swingers every tune, even though most of the tunes, even the slow ones, are still cookin' with the backburner lit. The solos from all members are in a straight-ahead style, played in a true Swing style, rooted in the Basie tradition. All of the songs are arranged by Marty Paich, and most of the songs are written by Basie. Harry Edison contributed his "Blues for Basie," which is the bluesiest tracks on the album (and consequently, the longest track on the album, with a great muted solo from Edison). Buddy's drum solos aren't too overpowering (the album isn't dominated by them) and this album paints a perfect portrait of where the big band sound was heading in the late 1950s.
This album is recommended for fans of straight-ahead jazz of the 1950s that doesn't take the bebop school of thought into mind. The players are all in tune with eachother and this album is filled with lots of energy!
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By M. Romero on May 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I selected this CD because of Buddy Rich's drumming talent and his renditions of Count Basie music. I was not disappointed. I transferred the music to cassette so I can play it in my vintage car that doesn't have a CD player. I prefer the talents of old, known musicians of an era long past.
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