Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings

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Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings
Count Basie Swings -- Joe Williams Sings.jpg
Studio album by Count Basie and Joe Williams
Released 1955
Recorded May 17 and July 26, 1955
Fine Sound, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 39:39
Label Clef
MG C-678
Producer Norman Granz
Count Basie chronology
Basie
(1954)
Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings
(1955)
April in Paris
(1956)
Joe Williams chronology
A Night at Count Basie's
(1955)
Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings
(1956)
The Greatest!! Count Basie Plays, Joe Williams Sings Standards
(1957)

Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings is an album by pianist/bandleader Count Basie and vocalist Joe Williams recorded in 1955 and originally released on the Clef label.[1][2][3][4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[6]

AllMusic awarded the album 5 stars stating "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".[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Every Day I Have the Blues" (Peter Chapman, Mayall York) – 5:29
  2. "The Come Back" (Memphis Slim) – 5:28
  3. "Alright, Okay, You Win" (Sidney Wyche) – 3:05
  4. "In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)" (Leroy Carr, Don Raye) – 3:38
  5. "Roll 'Em Pete" (Pete Johnson, Big Joe Turner) – 3:12
  6. "Teach Me Tonight" (Sammy Cahn, Gene DePaul) – 3:04
  7. "My Baby Upsets Me" (Joe Williams) – 2:58
  8. "Please Send Me Someone to Love" (Percy Mayfield) – 3:33
  9. "Ev'ry Day" (Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal) – 3:48
  10. "As Long as I Love You" (Bernie Moten, Henri Woode) – 3:06 Bonus track on CD reissue
  11. "Stop! Don't!" (George Ronald Brown) – 2:36 Bonus track on CD reissue
  12. "Too Close for Comfort" (Jerry Bock, Larry Holofcener, George David Weiss) – 2:53 Bonus track on CD reissue
  • Recorded at Fine Sound in New York City on May 17, 1955 (tracks 1-4), July 26, 1955 (tracks 5-9), June 27, 1956 (track 12) and at Universal Recording Corp, Chicago on January 23, 1956 (tracks 10 & 11)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edwards, D. & Callahan, M. Clef Label Discography, accessed November, 20, 2015
  2. ^ Kitora, R., Count Basie Discography, accessed November, 20, 2015
  3. ^ Clef Records Catalog: 600 series, accessed November, 20, 2015
  4. ^ Big Band Paradise, accessed November, 20, 2015
  5. ^ a b Wynn, Ron. Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 20. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.