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COUNT BASIE BIG BAND Live In Berlin 1963 LP Vinyl NEW 2016

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Cat no. N78026


LP 1
In A Mellow Tone
Moon River

Corner Pocket
Count 'Em
Announcement Count Basie
Mr. Five By Five

LP 2
I Want A Little Girl
I´m Coming Virginia
The Swinging Shepherd Blues
The Midnight Sun Never Sets

It Needs To Be Bee'd With
Lil' Darlin'
One o'Clock Jump
Jumin' At The Woodside

A previously unreleased and remastered recording of legendary jazz bandleader and composer Count Basie. Recorded September 9, 1963 at the Sportpalast, Berlin, his star-studded group includes Snooky Young, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Freddie Green and vocalist Jimmy Rushing.

"The performance followed a well planned script. It started with Ellington's "In A Mellotone", "Moon River" and "Misty". The band slowly gained pace with "Count 'Em"arranged by Quincy Jones. It reached a first climax with Jimmy Rushing's intermezzo - a glimmer of old Kansas City style in a new form. "The Swingin' Shepherd Blues" offered a prime example of Basie's economy on the piano. To what extent his art of "less is more" was primarily the art of perfect timings, the band compellingly showed in Hefti's "Lil' Darlin'" a charming piece of music, which becomes irrelevant when performed in the wrong tempo and without this crucial timing. What then followed was a finale furioso with "One O'Clock Jump" and "Jumpin' at the Woodside". On this occasion the Count Basie Orchestra showed that it was much more than just a swing machine: It sweats, boils and steams..." - Karsten Mützelfeldt