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Count Basie and his Orchestra - Four Classic Albums (2008) (Repost)

Count Basie and his Orchestra - Four Classic Albums (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 853 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 360 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Avid Jazz (AMSC 946)

"April in Paris" (1956), "King of Swing" (1954), "The Atomic Mr. Basie" (1957) and "The Greatest!! Count Basie Plays, Joe Williams Sings Standards" (1956) are presented here on a superbly remastered double CD.
April in Paris (1956). One of the staples in the Count Basie discography, April in Paris is one of those rare albums that makes its mark as an almost instant classic in the jazz pantheon. April in Paris represents the reassembly of the original Count Basie orchestra that define swing in the 1930s and 1940s. The title track has come to define elegance in orchestral jazz. Recorded in 1955 and 1956, April in Paris proved Count Basie's ability to grow through modern jazz changes while keeping the traditional jazz orchestra vital and alive…
The Paul Winter Sextet - Count Me In: 1962 & 1963 (50th Anniversary Anthology) (2CD) (2012)

The Paul Winter Sextet - Count Me In: 1962 & 1963 (50th Anniversary Anthology) (2CD) (2012)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 396.53 Mb (CD1) + 434.21 Mb (CD2) | 2:20:29 | Covers
Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz, Post-Bop | Label: Living Music - LMU-44

Though Paul Winter is today known for his blend of world music and new age as leader of the Paul Winter Consort, in the early days of his career, he was the leader of a promising jazz band. Winning a contest that landed his mostly collegiate band a record contract with Columbia Records, Winter sought veterans to round out his group, while also applying and receiving the opportunity to lead his band for six months into Latin America on a very successful U.S. State Department-sponsored goodwill tour.

Count Basie And His Orchestra - 1952-1953 (2005)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Feb. 7, 2018
Count Basie And His Orchestra - 1952-1953 (2005)

Count Basie And His Orchestra - 1952-1953 (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 326 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 173 MB | Covers - 34 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1387)

From July 26, 1952 to December 12, 1953, Count Basie continued to record for Norman Granz's Clef label, variously utilizing a quintet, sextet, nonet, and 16-piece big band. Released in 2005, this volume in the Classics Chronological Series documents all of the issued studio titles from this time period, neatly omitting no less than 15 Birdland radio broadcasts so as to focus upon the Count's protean adventures within the intimate confines of recording studios in New York and Los Angeles. Basie's excellent instrumentalists include trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist Henry Coker, reedmen Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Paul Quinichette, Marshall Royal, Ernie Wilkins, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, and Charlie Fowlkes. This album also features guest appearances by Oscar Peterson (he and Basie take turns playing organ and piano), vocalist Al Hibbler, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Buddy Rich.
Frank Sinatra & Count Basie - Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First (1962)

Frank Sinatra & Count Basie - Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First (1962)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 218 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 94 MB | Covers (14 MB) included
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Warner/Reprise (927 023-2)

The long-awaited first collaboration between two icons, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the '60s where his band was more popular and better-known than it ever was, even in the big-band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career. Propelled by the irresistible drums of Sonny Payne, Sinatra careens up to and around the tunes, reacting jauntily to the beat and encouraging Payne to swing even harder, which was exactly the way to interact with the Basie rhythm machine - using his exquisite timing flawlessly…

Y & T - Down For The Count (1985)  Music

Posted by v3122 at Jan. 18, 2018
Y & T - Down For The Count (1985)

Y & T - Down For The Count (1985)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2005 | Majestic Rock Records, MAJCD054 | ~ 302 or 99 Mb | Scans(png) -> 203 Mb
Hard Rock

After years of beating their collective head against the post of hard rock stardom, Y&T finally succumbed to the commercial conventions of the '80s and bowed to the synthesizer gods with 1985's Down for the Count. Under the guidance of new producer Kevin Beamish (REO Speedwagon, Saxon), Y&T joined the perm-haired masses then issuing like dandruff out of the California dust to redefine the meaning of the word "dumb."…

Count Basie And His Orchestra - Basic Basie (1969)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 28, 2017
Count Basie And His Orchestra - Basic Basie (1969)

Count Basie And His Orchestra - Basic Basie (1969)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 189 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 80 MB | Covers - 66 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: MPS Records (821291-2)

The MPS label scored a coup when they were able to set up a recording date with the Basie orchestra. It took place on October 20th, 1969 at Universal Studios in Chicago. As agreed upon, the band brought along standards from the Basie book, and the Count fulfilled MPS head Hans Georg Brunner-Schwers wish that Basie play longer piano passages than usual; normally Basie limited himself to a short riff here and there. The way Basie and his orchestra played reminded me of a top long distance runner, producer Sonny Lester commented in the liner notes to the album. He went on to say that the bands playing was, disciplined, clean, with such a feel for timing and teamwork that you had the feeling that every band member was guided by the same brain…
Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie - On The Sunny Side Of The Street (1963) (Repost)

Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie - On The Sunny Side Of The Street (1963)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 250 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 110 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (821 576-2)

Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. (The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years.) Fitzgerald sounds fine and, even if Quincy Jones' arrangements did not give the Basie musicians as much space for solos - although two songs do feature a bit of trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist Urbie Green and Frank Foster on tenor - this is an enjoyable effort. High points include "Honeysuckle Rose," "Them There Eyes" and "Shiny Stockings."
It was originally issued as "Ella & Basie!" and reissued later with slightly different cover art as "On the Sunny Side of the Street".

Count Basie - Li'l Ol' Groovemaker... Basie! (1963)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 14, 2017
Count Basie - Li'l Ol' Groovemaker... Basie! (1963)

Count Basie - Li'l Ol' Groovemaker… Basie! (1963)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 206 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 83 MB | Covers - 61 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (821 799-2)

Nine tracks of the Basie band in its prime playing music composed and arranged by Quincy Jones - that should be enough to tell you this is a superb album. All nine of the originals are virtually forgotten today but are very well-played by this veteran band. Although Frank Foster was still in the band, Eric Dixon (on tenor and flute) was starting to assert himself as a major solo voice while trumpeter Snooky Young has a few strong spots.

Count Basie - Basie Land (1964) [Reissue 2009] (Repost)  Music

Posted by gribovar at Nov. 17, 2017
Count Basie - Basie Land (1964) [Reissue 2009] (Repost)

Count Basie - Basie Land (1964) [Reissue 2009]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 242 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 86 MB | Covers (4 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (0602517995727)

In 1964, Count Basie handed the reins of his band over to composer and arranger Billy Byers, purportedly to modernize his sound to the times. More accurately, Byers energized the band with his bright charts loaded with counterpointed exchanges and interplay, plus a depth and density the Basie band had long since relinquished to other similarly sized groups. With stellar personnel - including Eric Dixon, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Marshall Royal, Al Aarons, and Don Rader - Byers and Basie stoked the coals of the band with some red hot bop and intricate charts atypical to the laid-back approach that always served the band and its fans well…
Count Basie & His Orchestra - On My Way & Shoutin' Again (1962) [Reissue 2009] (Repost)

Count Basie & His Orchestra - On My Way & Shoutin' Again (1962) [Reissue 2009]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 213 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 85 MB | Covers (4 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (0602517909045)

When Count Basie returned to Verve Records in 1962, Neal Hefti was contracted to write the tunes and arrangements, a revival of their partnership from the 1958 Roulette LP Basie Plays Hefti. While none of these selections is as famous as his songs like "Cute," "Little Pony," "Splanky," "Li'l Darlin'," and "Repetition," the substantial originality of this music is hard to deny, not to mention that the expert musicians playing his music bring these tracks fully to life in a livelier fashion than most laid-back Basie studio sessions. In fact, it has the feeling of a concert date that trumps the more clean, controlled environment of a session that was recorded on a three-track reel-to-reel…