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Count Basie and The Kansas City 7


Although for many fans the equation Count Basie = big band jazz is quite undisputable, one has to agree that when one listens to these eight numbers: less is more when it comes to swing. Bob Thiele, Impulse producer – seen here on one of the photos with Count Basie – came to the conclusion that even with a meagre budget a whole lot of music with a terrific sound could be squeezed into the grooves.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

One of Count Basie’s few small-group sessions of the ’60s was his best. With trumpeter Thad Jones and tenors Frank Foster and Eric Dixon filling in the septet, Basie is in superlative form on a variety of blues, standards and two originals apiece from Thad Jones and Frank Wess. Small-group swing at its best.

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As always, the great soloists of the Basie big band are on top form: first and foremost Frank Wess who demonstrates how rightly popular the flute is for its sound-colouring and as a solo instrument. Thad Jones on the trumpet is quite outstanding in all the numbers – and is equally important as composer and arranger. The “All American Rhythm Group Number 1” consisting of the Count, Freddie Green, Eddie Jones and Sonny Payne deliver one adrenaline-like thrill after another – without ever neglecting the jazz beat. All in all this is an important LP from the Impulse label, whose quality is greatly enhanced by the transparent sound.
Older fans who omitted to buy their copy 40 years ago can at last grab the chance. And younger fans should quickly follow their good example.

Count Basie rocks
Jasper T Melbourne 7/03/2009
One of my favourite buy in the last few months. Superb music, musicianship and great sonic quality. Safe buy at this price and you won’t regret it.


1. Oh, Lady, Be Good
2. Secrets
3. I Want a Little Girl
4. Shoe Shine Boy
5. Count’s Place
6. Senator Whitehead
7. Tally-Ho, Mr. Basie!
8. What’Cha Talkin’?


Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm