The Count Basie Story

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The Count Basie Story
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Studio album by Count Basie and His Orchestra
Released 1961
Recorded June 7–9, 14-6 & 22-24 and July 12 & 13, 1960
Capitol Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz
Label Roulette
SRB-1
Producer Teddy Reig
Count Basie chronology
Not Now, I'll Tell You When
(1960)Not Now, I'll Tell You When1960
The Count Basie Story
(1960)
Kansas City Suite
(1960)Kansas City Suite1960

Count Basie Story is a double album by pianist, composer and bandleader Count Basie featuring tracks originally performed by his orchestra in the 1930s and 1940s rerecorded in 1960 as a celebration of its 25th anniversary and first released on the Roulette label.[1][2] Selections from the 2-LP set were also released as Roulette's The Best of Basie in 1962 and The Best of Basie Vol. 2 in 1964.[3][4] The album was rereleased with bonus tracks in 2004 to commemorate Basie's 100th birthday.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[6]
All About Jazz3/5 stars[5]

AllMusic awarded the album 3½ stars and its review by Scott Yanow states, "These sides were hotly contested when originally issued because of the contrast in accents between the 1937 band and the later one. The sound is so different that it cannot be compared to the pure and bluesy dance band swing of the originals; it is amped up and brassy, with charts (written by Royal or Neal Hefti) that stress tempo and sophisticated ensemble playing rather than riff-based solos, busyness, and dynamics. For any serious Basie fan, these sides are essential".[6]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One:

  1. "Broadway" (Billy Bird, Teddy McRae, Henri Woode) - 3:23
  2. "Down for Double" (Freddie Green) - 2:59
  3. "Lester Leaps In" (Lester Young) - 4:17
  4. "Topsy" (Edgar Battle, Eddie Durham) - 3:42
  5. "Jumpin' at the Woodside" (Count Basie) - 3:11
  6. "Taps Miller" (Basie, Bob Russell) - 3:22
  7. "Shorty George" (Basie, Andy Gibson) - 2:56
  8. "Doggin' Around" (Battle, Herschel Evans) - 3:01
  9. "Avenue C" (Buck Clayton) - 2:33
  10. "Jive at Five" (Basie, Harry Edison) - 3:02
  11. "Rock-a-Bye Basie" (Basie, Shad Collins, Young) - 3:37
  12. "Moten Swing" (Bennie Moten, Buster Moten) - 4:50 Bonus track on CD reissue

Disc Two:

  1. "Swingin' the Blues" (Basie, Durham) - 3:17
  2. "Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today)" (Basie, Durham, Jimmy Rushing) - 3:09
  3. "Tickle Toe" (Young) - 2:36
  4. "Blue and Sentimental" (Basie, Mack David, Jerry Livingston) - 4:07
  5. "Time Out" (Battle, Durham) - 2:46
  6. "9:20 Special" (Earle Warren, William Engvick) - 3:49
  7. "Red Bank Boogie" (Basie, Clayton) - 2:15
  8. "Every Tub" (Basie, Durham) - 3:11
  9. "Dickie's Dream" (Basie, Young) - 4:09
  10. "Texas Shuffle" (Battle, Evans) - 3:12
  11. "Out the Window" (Basie, Durham) - 2:52
  12. "Boogie Woogie" (Basie, Rushing) - 3:06
  13. "Good Morning Blues" (Basie, Durham, Rushing) - 2:52 Bonus track on CD reissue
  14. "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You" (Andy Razaf, Don Redman) - 2:31 Bonus track on CD reissue

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edwards, D. & Callahan, M. Roulette Album Discography, Part 4, accessed November 5, 2015
  2. ^ Kitora, R., Count Basie Discography, accessed November 5, 2015
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. The Best of Basie, Vol. 1 – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Yanow, Scott. The Best of Basie, Vol. 2 – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Bowers, J., All About Jazz Review, September 25, 2004
  6. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. The Count Basie Story – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 3, 2015.