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Count Basie - The Complete Atomic Basie (1958) [Reissue 1994]  Music

Posted by gribovar at May 18, 2019
Count Basie - The Complete Atomic Basie (1958) [Reissue 1994]

Count Basie - The Complete Atomic Basie (1958) [Reissue 1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 268 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 136 MB | Covers included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Roulette/EMI (7243 8 28635 2)

One of the reasons that some major labels love to license big chunks of their catalogs to smaller independent outfits for box set reissues is that they never know that those licensees will turn up in putting those sets together, and it all becomes fair game for the parent company. Thus, in 1994, a year after Mosaic unearthed five previously unissued tracks from the October 1957 sessions that yielded The Atomic Mr. Basie on Roulette, Capitol Records (which had acquired the Roulette library) issued this expanded version of the original album. The original 11 songs are here, remastered into proper mono (there was an impossible to listen to duophonic stereo master made at the time of release that was in circulation on LP for a time), along with five outtakes consisting of material written and arranged by Jimmy Mundy…
Count Basie - RCA Years In Complete [Recorded 1947-1950] (3CD Box Set, 1994)

Count Basie - RCA Years In Complete [Recorded 1947-1950] (3CD Box Set, 1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 543 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 425 MB | Covers (8 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: BMG Victor (BVCJ-8601~03)

Although Basie's years with RCA Victor are usually regarded as his weakest, there is still plenty of good music to hear from these years. "Sweets" Edison and Emmett Berry still sparked the trumpet section and tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate and singer Jimmy Rushing were still on board. Perhaps the most interesting feature from these years, though, was the addition of an unknown tenorman who had only recently replaced Illinois Jacquet, a guy named Paul Gonsalves. While there are a few throwaway novelties in this set, there are also some fine performances, both by the band itself and by a small "band within the band".

The Count Basie Orchestra - All About That Basie (2018)  Music

Posted by delpotro at May 18, 2019
The Count Basie Orchestra - All About That Basie (2018)

The Count Basie Orchestra - All About That Basie (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | Scans included | 00:48:11 | 304 Mb
Jazz, Big Band, Swing | Label: Concord Jazz

One can easily argue that the Basie band, from the moment of its mid-’30s Kansas City emergence, did a great deal to set the course of American popular music as a whole. And now, long after William James Basie’s 1984 death, the band continues as a legacy institution, full of good vibes and a solid professional ethic under the leadership of Scotty Barnhart. All About that Basie mixes it up between older Basie staples (“Sent for You Yesterday,” “April in Paris,” trumpeter Thad Jones’ tart midtempo blues “From One to Another”) and fairly surprising, at times hard-to-recognize arrangements of more modern pop and R&B hits by the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Leonard Cohen, and Adele. The guests bring tons of personality to the affair, including singer Kurt Elling in top ballad form, organist Joey DeFrancesco sounding like a big band unto himself, and Stevie Wonder lending a simple and honest poignancy on harmonica.

Count Basie - April in Paris (1956)  Music

Posted by v3122 at May 17, 2019
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 - Jazz Profile: Count Basie (1997)  Music

Posted by Domestos at July 3, 2019
Count Basie - Jazz Profile: Count Basie (1997)

Count Basie - Jazz Profile: Count Basie (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 290.83 Mb | 49:52 | Covers
Big Band, Swing | Label: Blue Note - CDP 7243 8 33273 2 4

There's no shortage of live Count Basie material from his Roulette years. This mid-priced 45-minute CD, however, draws from some odd material, cut live at a deejay's dance at the Americana Hotel in Miami in 1959 or two years later at Birdland, and only issued on a pair of limited-edition LPs long ago.
Count Basie - Palais de Chaillot - Mar. 29th, 1960 (2002) (Repost)

Count Basie - Palais de Chaillot - Mar. 29th, 1960 (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 499 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 182 MB | Covers - 34 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Laserlight (17423)

Europe1 regularly recorded jazz concerts for broadcast during the 1950s and '60s, so this 1960 performance by Count Basie at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris is representative of the heights of the band during the era in which Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Frank Foster, Marshall Royal and Frank Wess were all a part of the group. The set list is diverse, blending originals by bandmembers and Neal Hefti (one of the most prolific contributors to Basie at the time), favorites from other bands' repertoire and a few blues. With a rock-solid rhythm section (Freddie Green, Eddie Jones and Sonny Payne) led by Basie, the focus is on the horn soloists and the tight, consistently swinging ensembles. Highlights include the strutting "Blues in Hoss' Flat," "Makin' Whoopee" (with its delicious vocal-like muted trombone, probably by Al Grey) and band favorite "'Shiny Stockings."

Count Basie - Jazz Moods - Hot [Recorded 1936-1964] (2004)  Music

Posted by gribovar at June 20, 2019
Count Basie - Jazz Moods - Hot [Recorded 1936-1964] (2004)

Count Basie - Jazz Moods - Hot [Recorded 1936-1964] (2004)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 166 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 122 MB | Covers (13 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Columbia/Legacy (516420 0)

Jazz Moods: Hot is essentially a single-disc sampler for Sony/Legacy's America's # 1 Band: The Columbia Years box set, which collects Count Basie material from his late-'30s and early-'40s stay at the label. Of the six studio tracks that open the disc, Lester Young's "Tickle Toe" and Young's signature "Lester Leaps In" stick out, as does Basie's economical piano style on "Shoe Shine Boy." The latter half of the compilation is given over to some delightful live performances from the Columbia era, including four tunes ("Boogie Woogie Blues," "Swingin' the Blues," "Roseland Shuffle," "Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie") recorded at the Famous Door in 1939…
Count Basie - Live at the Sands 1966 (Before Frank) (1998) MFSL Remastered 2013, Audio CD Layer [Re-Up]

Count Basie - Live at the Sands (Before Frank) (1998) [MFSL Remastered 2013]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Big Band, Swing | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2113 | 00:53:03

Count Basie and Frank Sinatra had the perfect arrangement at the Sands. Before the Chairman hit the stage in Vegas, Count Basie and his big band warmed up the already enthusiastic crowd with a brief set of their own. A dynamite entertainer, the legendary leader causes hearts to race, hips to shake, and fingers to snap with high-energy readings of his trademark swing music, taken to feverish heights by both his first-rate orchestra and the incredibly swank setting. Fortunately, the finest of Basie and Co.’s introductory performances from the historic 1966 dates have been preserved here and serve as a seminal complement to Sinatra’s iconic Live at the Sands. Mastered from the original master tapes, our hybrid SACD version of Live at the Sands (Before Frank) gives you a dead-center, eighth-row seat at the famed Sin City club. You’ll just need to supply your own table and cocktail. Renowned for its sonic clarity, transparency, crispness, and punch, the record is now tremendously enhanced, with improved tonality, a deeper soundstage, correct balances, and lifelike presence.

Count Basie - Basie Boogie (1989)  Music

Posted by Domestos at July 11, 2019
Count Basie - Basie Boogie (1989)

Count Basie - Basie Boogie (1989)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 274.63 Mb | 01:03:26 | Covers
Big Band, Swing | Label: Jazz Hour - JHR 73502

One of three compilations issued by different labels in 1995 bearing the title Basie Boogie, this 1995 Jazz Hour release combines recordings made during Count Basie's brief European tour during early 1959. On the third of February, the Basie band performed at the Theatre Beaulieu in Lausanne, France; three days later they wowed the crowd at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland. The atmosphere at both of these concerts was joyous and celebratory. Everything on this album, especially "In a Mellow Tone," "Little Pony," and "The Kid from Red Bank," showcases Basie's late-'50s band at its very best. For those who never caught the Count in person, this little Jazz Hour will convey some of the positive vibrations that invariably occurred in his presence.
Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams - One O'Clock Jump (Expanded Edition) (1957/1999)

Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams - One O'Clock Jump (Expanded Edition) (1957/1999)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 329 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 118 MB | 00:49:19
Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: Decca (UMO)

This recording could be considered a near-sibling to April in Paris, since several of its tracks date from sessions recorded the same month. Others overlap with material cut for The Greatest!! Count Basie Plays, Joe Williams Sings Standards, and aren't as compelling, either as Joe Williams vehicles or Basie showcases. As either of those, though, it does have its moments, most notably the original finale, arranger Ernie Wilkins' "From Coast to Coast," an eight-and-a-half-minute blow-out, the Ella Fitzgerald-Joe Williams duet on "Too Close for Comfort," and the title track, rearranged by Wilkins but close to the classic rendering, which features lively solos by Frank Wess, Benny Powell, Frank Foster, and (especially) Joe Newman and Henry Coker.