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Basie & Beyond
Quincy Jones, Sammy Nestico
Basie & Beyond
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
 
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To those post-baby boomers weaned on Michael Jackson's Thriller, this straight-ahead jazz date by the superproducer Quincy Jones, with Count Basie orchestra arranger Sammy Nestico, may seem out of place--a relic of Jones's...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Quincy Jones, Sammy Nestico
Title: Basie & Beyond
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 10/3/2000
Release Date: 10/3/2000
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
Style: Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093624779223

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To those post-baby boomers weaned on Michael Jackson's Thriller, this straight-ahead jazz date by the superproducer Quincy Jones, with Count Basie orchestra arranger Sammy Nestico, may seem out of place--a relic of Jones's distant jazz past. But to Q's old-school fans who grew up hearing him with Ray Charles and Lionel Hampton, and on albums like This is How I Feel About Jazz (1957) and Walkin' in Space, this CD is a long-awaited return to his roots. Jones arranged and produced a number of Basie LPs in the 1960s, and he also arranged the music when Frank Sinatra and Basie convened on classics like It Might As Well Be Spring, so it should surprise no one how well Basie and Beyond swings. The band is composed of topnotch West Coast session men, featuring flutist Hubert Laws, guitarist Paul Jackson Jr., and tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts. Along with a few no-nonsense tunes by Nestic--including "Ya Gotta Try ... Harder!," "The Joy of Cookin'," and "Out of the Night"--the date features Jones's several rare 1950s and '60s tunes: a midtempo update of "Jelly Roll" highlighted by tenor saxophonist Watts's Coltrane-ish lines. The Tadd Dameron-tinged ballad "Quintessence" and the late-night Kansas City stroll of "The Witching Hour" show Q's still got it. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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CD Reviews

Basie meets smooth jazz ...
Jon Warshawsky | San Diego, CA USA | 05/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I love Count Basie's music, and Quincy Jones is about as accomplished a producer as you'll find in this field. But despite Jones and some great musicians, Basie and Beyond never really gets beyond 'good'. Listen to the old Hefti/Basie collaborations, or especially the 'Old Testament' band of the 1940s and you will hear edgier, spontaneous music. As much as I WANT to like this album, it just seems overproduced. Shades of smooth jazz sapping the energy of music that used to be exciting.There are some superb tracks here -- Ya Gotta Try Harder, Belly Roll (with Ernie Watts), Joy of Cookin', Hard Sock Dance and Out of the Night are winners to some degree, but the rest of the album sounds like a forced attempt at retro-jazz. Compared to most music being recorded this is a refreshing change, but there is a lingering commercialism behind it all that colors the music. Count Basie? A legend, but I expected something different -- honest, exciting -- from an album that is presumably a tribute."
This alblum really swings!
jr | New York, NY USA | 10/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great alblum for swing big band lovers. Quincy has returned to the jazz fold and turned out a great big band alblum. Great songs and performances. Highly reccommended."
Great choice for swing/bigband fans fans
jr | New York, NY USA | 10/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I would never normally choose a Quincy alblum due to the fact that he left the jazz fold many years ago, however this tribute to Basie really swings! Great songs and performances. A great choice for any big band fan."