LP - Black Vinyl. Previously unreleased recording of the Basie All Stars, some of biggest names from Count Basie's band - minus the legendary bandleader.
Already during Basie's lifetime, some of his most loyal followers formed the "All Stars". The alto saxophonist Marshall Royal, Basie's eternal concertmaster, took the lead in this. (Marshall probably played the same role for Basie as Johnny Hodges did for Duke Ellington. He passed away in 1995). The musicians performing that evening had for many years, some (like Royal) even for decades, co-fathered and infuenced the Basie-effect, so important for the history of big bands in swing. Both trumpeters represent the different concepts that were always present side by side in Basie's orchestra: relaxed elegance (represented by Harry Edison, whom the world of jazz called "Sweets" for obvious reasons), and the hands-on severeness of Joe Newman.
Besides Royal, who had always been one of the "breathing" jazz saxophonist like Coleman Hawkins or Ben Webster, here at the "Fabrik" the Kansas-City- veteran Buddy Tate and Billy Mitchell, who was more at home in modern bebop, invoke two other aspects of the Basie-universe. Benny Powell rounds out the spectrum of the wind section. As always in Basie's band (and also here) it manifests itself in full- bodied arrangements, and by supporting the soloists in the background.
Nat Pierce, the pianist, delicately adapts to Basie's consistent frugality and restraint. Bassist John Heard and drummer Gus Johnson establish the rhythm dimension of Basie's spell, even without the magician Green.
1. Bluesbird Blues
2. Please Send Me Someone To Love
3. This Is All I Ask
4. Everything Happens To Me
1. Shiny Stockings
2. I'm ConfessinThat I Love You
3. Little Pony
Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Newman: trumpet
Benny Powell: trombone
Marshall Royal: alto saxophone
Buddy Tate, Billy Mitchell: tenor saxophone
Nat Pierce: piano
John Heard: bass
Gus Johnson: drums