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Count Basie & The Mills Brothers – The Board Of Directors

Talk about a perfect match: that sweet, sweet swing and those sweet, sweet voices, my goodness. Having been on a Basie kick these past few days, I feel great!

 

Here’s the whole album:

Count Basie and Alan Copeland Singers – Basie Swingin’, Voices Singin’

Recorded June 20-22, 1966, this LP is 11 tracks of beauty. How could it not be, the man oozed swing from every pore and every move, with gorgeous arrangements, sensibility and, let’s face it, perfection everywhere. Hyperbole? Not even close.

Players: Count Basie (piano), Freddie Greene (guitar), George Duvivier (bass), Eddie Shaughnessy (drums), Roy Eldridge (trumpet), Al Grey and Billy Byers (trombones), and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (tenor sax).  

 

Here’s the full album:

Count Basie – The Best Of Count Basie

For casual fans who know One O’Clock Jump, and Jumpin’ At The Woodside, etc, this 1980 Pablo Records LP (2310-852) brings you a handful of probably new-to-you tracks that are still straight-up hits. It earns its name as a pure lesson in swing!

So much sweetness. 

 

Side A: Tree Frog/Swee’ Pea/Ticker/Flirt
Side B: Blues For Alfy/Billie’s Bounce/Festival Blues

 

Count Basie – Compositions Of Count Basie & Others…

…With Members Of The Count Basie Orchestra, Maxwell Davis Conducting, B.B. King, Guest Vocalist.

NB: I made it so you can click on these images to make them bigger, read the liner notes, etc. Enjoy!

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Oh yes, this 1959 Crown Records LP (CST 143) is a sweet thing indeed.

You get: on Side A: Everyday I Have The Blues (f. B.B. King), Red Bank Boogie, Jumpin’ At The Woodside, Every Tub. And on side B: April In Paris, Basie Boogie, John’s Idea, and One O’Clock Jump. Man, I love young B.B. vocals!

I grew up on stuff like this, and it punches many happy buttons for me. Best of all, despite the LP sleeve on this copy being in slightly rough shape, the thick vinyl itself is intact, and a beautiful, clear, deep red (as you can see in the pictures, above). Delicious!

 

Oh my goodness, such glory. You can’t hit Play fast enough! All 8 tracks attached to this one video. Enjoy them all! Let the majesty wash over you as you remember a different time…

 

Count Basie & The Mills Brothers – The Board Of Directors

Here’s another LP I dug up and gave a spin while I worked in the Man Cave.

Y’all know I love jazz. And this here is one mighty damn fine jazz record. It swings, it’s got the blues, Basie’s band is absolutely killin’ it. And the Mills Brothers are hittin’ it just right, playing with the beat and making it all their own in so many awesome ways. The arrangements are stellar, and the recording carries weight while still skipping along lightly in a great groove.

Released in 1968, I looked it up on Discogs and copies start at $0.50. Folks, that is an absolute travesty. How can people so vastly undervalue such greatness? Harry Mills even uses Basie’s very famous “One more time!,” and on the first track! C’mon, man, $0.50? I hope that’s a typo.

I loved this LP. This was fantastic.

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