Count Basie Archive
Curtis Stigers, vocals – One More For The Road – with The Danish Radio Big Band – Concord Jazz
Curtis Stigers – One More For The Road – with The Danish Radio Big Band – Concord Jazz CJA00011, 33:28 ***: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. (Curtis Stigers – vocals; The Danish Radio Big Band) Charles Caleb Colton, an English cleric of the 19th Century, offered the following quotation: “Imitation is the sincerest […]
Eight Christmas CDs for the 2016 Holidays
Eight Christmas CDs of Note, Holidays 2016 “Song of the Nativity” – The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers – Coro COR16146, 73:58 (10/14/16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: This wonderful Christmas offering comprises some of the best modern carols and choral works of the modern age, sung to absolute perfection by a noted and very reliable ensemble. The […]
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – All My Yesterdays – Resonance (2 CDs)
Celebrating fifty years, and counting, of powerful Monday night big band jazz at the Village Vanguard… Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – All My Yesterdays – Resonance HCD 2023 – 2 CDs, 48:47, 77:11 (1966) ****1/2: (CD 1- 2/7/66: Thad Jones- trumpet, Flugelhorn, arranger & conductor; Hank Jones- piano; Sam Herman – guitar, percussion; Richard Davis […]
Harry “Sweets” Edison – Sweetenings – Roulette (1958) /Pure Pleasure – vinyl
Harry “Sweets” Edison – Sweetenings – Roulette SR 52023 (1958)/Pure Pleasure PPAN R52023 (2015), 32:46 mono vinyl ****: (Harry “Sweets” Edison – trumpet; Jimmy Forrest – tenor saxophone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Kenny Drew – piano; Joe Benjamin – doublebass; Charlie Persip – drums) Harry “Sweets” Edison enjoyed three careers. He came to initial prominence […]
Joe Turner – The Boss Of The Blues – Atlantic Records (1956) /Pure Pleasure (2015)
Joe Turner – The Boss Of The Blues – Atlantic Records (1956)/Pure Pleasure PPAN 1234 (2015), 44:49 mono vinyl *****: This is a perfect mixture of blues and jazz! (Joe Turner – vocals; Joe Newman – trumpet; Lawrence Brown – trombone; Pete Brown – alto saxophone; Frank Weiss – tenor saxophone; Pete Johnson – piano; […]
Susie Arioli – Spring – Spectra Musique
Susie Arioli – Spring – Spectra Musique SPECD 7854, 46:41 ****: An unpretentious yet slick session from a singer who deserves a wider audience. (Susie Arioli – vocals; Don Thompson – piano, vibes; Terry Clarke – drums; Neil Swainson – bass; Reg Schwager – guitar; Phil Dwyer – tenor sax; Kevin Turcotte – trumpet; Andy […]
Eight Christmas SACD and CDs of Interest
Eight worthwhile discs of Christmas music to brighten your holidays.
Chris Walden Big Band – Full On – Origin
This is a steamroller of a band with a refreshing and effortless relationship to the material.
Count Basie Plays, Joe Williams Sings Standards (1957) – Verve/ HDTT DVD-A
A 1957 prerecorded stereotape in hi-res of the great Joe Williams with Basie.
Audio News for November 15, 2013
Hi-Res Audio to be Featured at 2014 International CES; Gary Koh Recording Demo Selections; New Super-High-End Headphones; DISH to Update its Apps
Lester Young/Boston 1950 – Uptown Records
An expressive and incisive saxophonist near his peak.
Frank Wess – Magic 101 – IPO Recordings
Oh, the jazz pleasure he brings…
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross! – The Hottest New Group in Jazz – with the Ike Isaacs Trio – Columbia/ Pure Pleasure mono Jon Hendricks – Fast Livin’ Blues – band incl. Pony Poindexter, Joe Newman and Freddy Green – Columbia/Original Recordings Group 2-45 rpm stereo vinyls
Audiophile reissues of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross plus a Hendricks solo album.
Count Basie and the Kansas City 7 – Impulse/Universal/Analog Productions
There’s more variety of approach in these eight tracks than one typically gets in a Basie Big Band session.