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Tribute to Count Basie
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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"evocative testimony of swingin' the blues"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 12/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Basie loved to play the blues, so who better...one of the greatest blues pianists of all time, as he attempts to fill that chair and lead the band - Gene Harris pays "Tribute to Count Basie. In this tribute to Captain Bill, Harris has been faithful to that priority, not to imitate - but to celebrate the spirit of Count Basie in Gene's own style.Some of the musicians who were associated with the various Basie Bands sit in on this album - Snooky Young (lead trumpet), Jon Faddis (lead trumpet) and Marshall Royal (lead alto sax). Herb Ellis was the only guitar player who could fill Freddie Green's shoes. The soloists also include - Plas Johnson (tenor sax), Ray Brown (bass), Conte Candoli (trumpet) and Bill Watrous (trombone) play with crisp, exultant authority...much what Basie would expect and liked to hear.Concord Jazz aims this music to make people feel good...make you move, even when you're sitting down...spin this one on your CD player...the best of two worlds Basie and Gene Harris...this one is a keeper!Total Time: 46:52 on 9 Tracks...Concord Jazz CCD-4337...(1988)"
The Count is back!!!
W. Everett | Ridgefield, CT United States | 01/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even though this isn't actually Basie's band it SOUNDS more like The Count than most recordings I've heard and the reproduction is SUPERB! I can't stress this enough because many of Basie's offerings sound as though they were being played behind a curtain without the crisp, harmonious blast and echo that puts you right in front of the bandstand where his electrifying magic can best be appreciated. This IS Basie "LIVE" as I've heard him many times and Harris honors his musical legacy to ABSOLUTE PERFECTION.
"Night Mist Blues" (my favorite cut), "Dejection Blues" and "Blues For Pepper" say it all. I've waited years for this one and I can't recommend it highly enough to all you Basie fans who want to bask in the thrill of the Count's brass-driven "Swingin'The Blues" or the soulful perfection of his "When Did You Leave Heaven?" - ONE MORE TIME.
BUY this CD. You won't be sorry!