Count Basie

Count Basie - April in Paris (1956)  Music

Posted by v3122 at April 6, 2017
Count Basie - April in Paris (1956)

Count Basie - April in Paris (1956)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1995 | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, UDCD 652 | ~ 132 or 94 Mb | Scans -> 26 Mb
Jazz, Big Band

One of the staples in the Count Basie discography, April in Paris is one of those rare albums that makes its mark as an almost instant classic in the jazz pantheon. April in Paris represents the reassembly of the original Count Basie orchestra that define swing in the 1930s and 1940…
Count Basie And His Orchestra - Basic Basie (1969/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Count Basie And His Orchestra - Basic Basie (1969/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 33:47 minutes | 668 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The MPS label scored a coup when they were able to set up a recording date with the Basie orchestra. It took place on October 20th, 1969 at Universal Studios in Chicago. As agreed upon, the band brought along standards from the Basie book, and the Count fulfilled MPS head Hans Georg Brunner-Schwers wish that Basie play longer piano passages than usual; normally Basie limited himself to a short riff here and there. The way Basie and his orchestra played reminded me of a top long distance runner, producer Sonny Lester commented in the liner notes to the album. He went on to say that the bands playing was, disciplined, clean, with such a feel for timing and teamwork that you had the feeling that every band member was guided by the same brain. The best-known names in that particular group were tenor saxophonist Eddie Lockjaw Davis and guitarist Freddie Green, a Basie mainstay over the decades.
The Count Basie Orchestra - High Voltage (1970/2015) [Official Digital Download]

The Count Basie Orchestra - High Voltage (1970/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 34:23 minutes | 353 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

High Voltage (subtitled Basic Basie Vol. 2) is an album by pianist and bandleader Count Basie featuring performances recorded in 1970 and released on the MPS label.
Count Basie & Oscar Peterson - Satch And Josh... Again (1978) [Remastered 1998]

Count Basie & Oscar Peterson - Satch And Josh… Again (1978) [Remastered 1998]
EAC | FLAC (log,image+cue) -> 265 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 118 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans -> 45 Mb
Jazz, Swing | Label: Original Jazz Classics / Pablo Records, OJCCD 960-2/0025218696029 | 1998 | 00:51:57

Recorded three years after their first full album together, this second encounter between Count Basie and Oscar Peterson on twin pianos (this time with a quartet) is as strong as the original, alternating standards with blues. Both Peterson and Basie have one number apiece on electric piano, making this album historic as well as quite musical. –Scott Yanow

Count Basie - Sophisticated Swing (1997)  Music

Posted by SuniR at Jan. 19, 2017
Count Basie - Sophisticated Swing (1997)

Count Basie - Sophisticated Swing (1997)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 237 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 149 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Jazz, Swing | Label: Camden / BMG, #:74321 451902 | 1997 | 00:59:33

One of jazz music's all-time greats, bandleader/pianist Count Basie was a primary shaper of the big-band sound that characterized mid-20th century popular music. In 1958, Basie became the first African-American male recipient of a Grammy Award. One of jazz music's all-time greats, he won many other Grammys throughout his career and worked with a plethora of artists, including Joe Williams and Ella Fitzgerald. This CD presents compositions played Count Basie with his orchestra, instrumentalists, rhythm section and his sextet from 1947-50 years.
Frank Sinatra & Count Basie - It Might As Well Be Swing (1964) [Remastered 2010]

Frank Sinatra & Count Basie - It Might As Well Be Swing (1964) [Remastered 2010]
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 186 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 81 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Swing | Label: Universal Music, #:460502670466 | 2010 | 0:27:24

Frank Sinatra and Count Basie's second collaboration, It Might as Well Be Swing, was a more structured, swing-oriented set than Sinatra-Basie, and in many ways the superior album. The album consists of then-recently written songs, arranged as if they were swing numbers. The results work splendidly, not just because arranger/conductor Quincy Jones found the core of each of the songs, but because Basie and his band were flexible…
Count Basie & Joe Williams - Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings (1955) Reissue 1993

Count Basie & Joe Williams - Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings (1955)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 135 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 62 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Standarts | Label: Verve | # 519 852-2 | Time: 00:42:56

Joe Williams' debut as the featured vocalist in Count Basie's band was one of those landmark moments that even savvy observers don't fully appreciate when it occurs, then realize years later how momentous an event they witnessed. Williams brought a different presence to the great Basie orchestra than the one Jimmy Rushing provided; he couldn't shout like Rushing, but he was more effective on romantic and sentimental material, while he was almost as spectacular on surging blues, up-tempo wailers, and stomping standards. Basie's band maintained an incredible groove behind Williams, who moved from authoritative statements on "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love" to brisk workouts on "Roll 'Em Pete" and his definitive hit, "All Right, OK, You Win".
Count Basie Encounters Oscar Peterson - Satch And Josh (1974) {1998, Reissue, Remastered}

Count Basie Encounters Oscar Peterson - Satch And Josh (1974) {1998, Reissue, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 264 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 126 Mb
Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 65 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Bop | Original Jazz Classics / Pablo Records / Fantasy #OJCCD-959-2 (2310-722)

Producer Norman Granz occasionally got carried away with the quantity of his recording projects. In 1974 he recorded a full album teaming fellow pianists Count Basie and Oscar Peterson in a rhythm quintet; little did anyone realize that this then-unique matchup would eventually result in five albums. This first one, which finds Basie doubling on organ, is among the best. Peterson's virtuosic style somehow worked very well with Basie's sparse playing and these ten numbers really swing.
The Count Basie Orchestra - Long Live The Chief (1986) {Japan} Repost

The Count Basie Orchestra - Long Live The Chief (1986) {Japan}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 377 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 155 Mb
Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 47 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Big Band | Denon / Nippon Columbia Co. #33CY 1018

After Count Basie's death, his orchestra went through an expected period of turmoil, almost declaring bankruptcy and having a new short-term leader (the late trumpeter Thad Jones). By 1986 its fortunes had improved and under the leadership of tenor-saxophonist Frank Foster it has become the only "ghost" orchestra to still play viable music after the death of its leader. Long Live the Chief was recorded only weeks after Foster assumed command, but already his arrangements and leadership were giving fresh life to this great jazz institution. In addition to remakes of "April in Paris, " "Lil' Darlin', " "Corner Pocket" and "Shiny Stockings, " there was already some new material in the band's books…

Caterina Valente - With The Count Basie Orchestra (1986) {MFSL}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Aug. 30, 2016
Caterina Valente - With The Count Basie Orchestra (1986) {MFSL}

Caterina Valente - With The Count Basie Orchestra (1986) {MFSL}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 285MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 128MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Big Band

This CD reissue dates from Thad Jones' single year of leadership of the Count Basie Orchestra before his health began to fail. Caterina Valente (best known as a pop singer) has a warm voice and sounds comfortable singing in a jazz-influenced middle-of-the-road style. There is little improvisation on the date and Thad Jones' arrangements leave surprisingly little space for solos; his only appearance on cornet is on "Solitude."