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And the Kansas City 7

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4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Count Basie was visiting some old musical territory when he recorded this CD in 1962, but he was also enjoying the qualities of his sidemen. While "Shoe Shine Boy" and "Lady Be Good" look back to his late 1930s small group recordings with Lester Young, there are also new tunes by Basie, cornetist Thad Jones, and flutist Frank Wess. The septet has the Basie big band's rhythm section, with Freddie Green on guitar, Ed Jones on bass, and Sonny Payne on drums, all underpinning the leader's spare and graceful piano punctuations. Thad Jones and multi-reed player Eric Dixon are joined on five tracks by Frank Foster on tenor and clarinet and on three by Wess to complete the septet. It's an engaging band, with an air of characteristic Basie ease. Jones is a particularly inventive soloist, and his shifting mutes add to the surprising tone colors from the reeds. Within the swinging Basie framework, contrasts abound. The riffing tenors of "Count's Place" supply a big band in miniature, and Basie even plays organ on "I Want a Little Girl," a dreamlike slow tune with a serene clarinet solo from Dixon. --Stuart Broomer

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Oh, Lady Be Good
  2. Secrets
  3. I Want A Little Girl
  4. Shoe Shine Boy
  5. Count's Place
  6. Senator Whitehead
  7. Tally-Ho, Mr. Basie!
  8. What'cha Talkin'?
  9. Trey of Hearts


Product details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B000003N8T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,145 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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