More Hits Of The ’50s And ’60s From Count Basie And His Orchestra


I was looking for something about this Basie album, but it’s basically just lumped into the pre-Pablo time frame on the orchestra’s discography page (yeah, Wikipedia again, of course). Nothing really of note happened with the band around the time this was released (1963) besides constant touring, promotions, you know, the usual, but Basie did notably perform at one of JFK’s Inaugural Balls (1960).

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More Hits of the ’50s and ’60s

Count Basie

Side One

The Second Time Around
Hey, Jealous Lover
I’ll Never Smile Again
Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week)
This Love of Mine
I Thought About You

Side Two

In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Come Fly with Me
On the Road to Mandalay
Only the Lonely
South of the Boarder (Down Mexico Way)
All of Me

Basie Big Band


Another Basie! It seems every time we go to the record store, another album from his discography pops up.

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Basie Big Band

Count Basie

Side One

Front Burner
Freckle Face
Orange Sherbet
Soft as Velvet
The Heat’s On

Side Two

Midnight Freight
Give ‘M Time
The Wind Machine
Tall Cotton

Basie Plays Hefti


Basie is one of the roomie’s favorite artists and it’s funny how his interests in music can somehow trace back to my dad. One of my dad’s favorite movies was Blazing Saddles and Basie appeared in the movie! My father must have made me watch the movie a million times, yet I don’t remember Basie’s scene since it’s been about a decade since I’ve watched the movie.

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Basie Plays Hefti

Count Basie

Side One

Has Anyone Here Seen Basie
Cute
Pensive Miss
Sloo Foot
It’s Awf’ly Nice to be with You

Side Two

Scoot
A Little Tempo, Please
Late Date
Count Down
Bag-A’ Bones
Pony Tail

Count Basie Orchestra’s High Voltage


My previous posts have mostly focused on Basie himself, but since the Count Basie Orchestra was one of his main projects, I figured it’d be nice to focus primarily on them for a bit.

The Count Basie Orchestra is a 16 to 18 piece big band. They were one of the most prominent jazz performing groups of the swing era, founded by Count Basie in 1935 and recording regularly from 1936. Despite a brief disbandment at the beginning of the 1950s, the band survived long past the Big Band era itself and the death of Basie in 1984. It continues as a ‘ghost band’.

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High Voltage (Basie Basie Vol. 2)

Count Basie Orchestra

Side One

Chicago
Have You Met Miss Jones
The Lady is a Tramp
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Bewitched
Day In Day Out

Side Two

Get Me to the Church on Time
When Sonny Gets Blue
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Together
If I Were a Bell
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was

I’m Back With Basie


So many Basie albums lately! And I know Mr. Richard has more set aside at the record store for us to pick up. Basie’s albums are quickly becoming part of our Sunday morning tradition of listening to music, being a bit lazy and sipping on good coffee.

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Back with Basie

Count Basie

Side One

Peppermint Pipes
Thanks for the Ride
The Elder
Summer Frost
The Touch of Your Lips

Side Two

Bluish Grey
One Note Samba
I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good
Matte Jersey
Red Hot Mama

Stan Kenton


When I was going through Wikipedia, looking up Stan Kenton, I noticed his band was labelled as “controversial” so I went looking for the reason behind this labelling. I guess one of the main reasons for it would be in 1956, the Critics Poll in Down Beat reflected victories by black musicians in virtually every category. In response, Kenton dispatched a telegram which lamented “a new minority, white jazz musicians,” and stated his “disgust [with the so-called] literary geniuses of jazz.”.

There’s also the part where his daughter accuses him of a sexual relationship, but that claim was never proven and just remains a creepy antidote for now. I also am not focusing on sexual perversions in musicians right now as that may take forever, but do have a post planned that talks about cultural and music appropriation and bastardizations since it is Black History Month.

Jazz was started within the African American community in the late 19th century, much like hip hop was a few decades ago for you young ones. Stan Kenton was a white man, that entered the scene and later criticized the recognition the black artists were finally receiving. This might be the most outright case of biting the hand that feeds you when it comes to appropriation, but certainly isn’t the only one as my post tomorrow will go through. Pardon my language, but how in the fuck are you going to be disgusted with men of the same culture that created the genre you’re playing in winning some well deserved recognition?!?

Well, with that slight rant over, here’s a little EP from Mr. Kenton.

Stanley Newcomb “Stan” Kenton (December 15, 1911 – August 25, 1979) was a pianist, composer, and arranger who led an innovative, influential, and often controversial American jazz orchestra. In later years he was active as an educator.

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Sketches on Standards

Stan Kenton

Side One

Sophisticated Lady
Begin the Beguine

Side Two

There’s a Small Hotel
Shadow Waltz

Sixteen Men Swinging


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Sixteen Men Swinging

Count Basie

Side One

Straight Life
Basie Goes Wess
Softly with Feeling
Cherry Point
Bubbles
Right On
Blues Done Come Back

Side Two

Peace Pipe
Stereophonic
Mambo Mist
Sixteen Men Swinging
She’s Just My Size
I Feel Like a New Man

Side Three

You for Me
Soft Drink
Two for the Blues
Slow but Sure
Blues Backstage
Down for the Count

Side Four

Perdido
Ska-Di-Dle-Dee-Bee-Doo
Two Franks
Rails
Eventide
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (I’m Savin’ My Love for You)

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POP Goes the Basie


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POP Goes the Basie

Count Basie

Side One

Your Cheatin’ Heart
The Huckle-Buck
Oh, Pretty Woman
Call Me Irresponsible
Walk Right In
Go Away, Little Girl

Side Two

Oh Soul Mio
Bye Bye, Love
Do Wah Diddy Diddy
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
Shangri -La
At Long Last Love