Straight Ahead Count Basie

Frank Sinatra & Count Basie - It Might As Well Be Swing (1964) [Remastered 2010]

Frank Sinatra & Count Basie - It Might As Well Be Swing (1964) [Remastered 2010]
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 186 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 81 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Swing | Label: Universal Music, #:460502670466 | 2010 | 0:27:24

Frank Sinatra and Count Basie's second collaboration, It Might as Well Be Swing, was a more structured, swing-oriented set than Sinatra-Basie, and in many ways the superior album. The album consists of then-recently written songs, arranged as if they were swing numbers. The results work splendidly, not just because arranger/conductor Quincy Jones found the core of each of the songs, but because Basie and his band were flexible…

Count Basie - Straight Ahead (1968)  Music

Posted by robertl at Dec. 15, 2009
Count Basie - Straight Ahead (1968)

Count Basie - Straight Ahead (1968)
MP3 | 320 Kbps CBR | 85 Mb | RAR | RS
Jazz

"This album gave the Count Basie Orchestra a rare chance to record an instrumental studio date in the late '60s.Arranger Sammy Nestico made his debut with Basie on this pleasant if unremarkable set of swingers and ballads.Tenors Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Eric Dixon (doubling on flute) are the standouts on this enjoyable session." -Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Count Basie - Basie Meets Bond (1965)  Music

Posted by intothe at July 13, 2009
Count Basie - Basie Meets Bond (1965)

Count Basie - Basie Meets Bond (1965)
Jazz | EAC rip (FLAC+CUE+LOG) | 258 MB | artwork
Capitol Jazz | 40:35 | RAR with 5% recovery
Count Basie & Joe Williams - Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings (1955) Reissue 1993

Count Basie & Joe Williams - Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings (1955)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 135 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 62 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Standarts | Label: Verve | # 519 852-2 | Time: 00:42:56

Joe Williams' debut as the featured vocalist in Count Basie's band was one of those landmark moments that even savvy observers don't fully appreciate when it occurs, then realize years later how momentous an event they witnessed. Williams brought a different presence to the great Basie orchestra than the one Jimmy Rushing provided; he couldn't shout like Rushing, but he was more effective on romantic and sentimental material, while he was almost as spectacular on surging blues, up-tempo wailers, and stomping standards. Basie's band maintained an incredible groove behind Williams, who moved from authoritative statements on "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love" to brisk workouts on "Roll 'Em Pete" and his definitive hit, "All Right, OK, You Win".

Abbey Lincoln - Straight Ahead (1961) Reissue 1990  Music

Posted by Designol at Nov. 7, 2016
Abbey Lincoln - Straight Ahead (1961) Reissue 1990

Abbey Lincoln - Straight Ahead (1961) Reissue 1990
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 229 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Post-Bop | Label: Candid | # CCD 79015 | Time: 00:39:13

Reissued several times since it originally came out on a Candid LP, this is one of Abbey Lincoln's greatest recordings. It is a testament to the credibility of her very honest music (and her talents) that Lincoln's sidemen on this date include the immortal tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins (who takes a memorable solo on "Blue Monk"), Eric Dolphy on flute and alto, trumpeter Booker Little (whose melancholy tone is very important in the ensembles), pianist Mal Waldron, and drummer Max Roach. Highpoints include "When Malindy Sings," "Blue Monk," Billie Holiday's "Left Alone," and "African Lady".
Count Basie Encounters Oscar Peterson - Satch And Josh (1974) {1998, Reissue, Remastered}

Count Basie Encounters Oscar Peterson - Satch And Josh (1974) {1998, Reissue, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 264 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 126 Mb
Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 65 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Bop | Original Jazz Classics / Pablo Records / Fantasy #OJCCD-959-2 (2310-722)

Producer Norman Granz occasionally got carried away with the quantity of his recording projects. In 1974 he recorded a full album teaming fellow pianists Count Basie and Oscar Peterson in a rhythm quintet; little did anyone realize that this then-unique matchup would eventually result in five albums. This first one, which finds Basie doubling on organ, is among the best. Peterson's virtuosic style somehow worked very well with Basie's sparse playing and these ten numbers really swing.
The Count Basie Orchestra - Long Live The Chief (1986) {Japan} Repost

The Count Basie Orchestra - Long Live The Chief (1986) {Japan}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 377 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 155 Mb
Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 47 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Big Band | Denon / Nippon Columbia Co. #33CY 1018

After Count Basie's death, his orchestra went through an expected period of turmoil, almost declaring bankruptcy and having a new short-term leader (the late trumpeter Thad Jones). By 1986 its fortunes had improved and under the leadership of tenor-saxophonist Frank Foster it has become the only "ghost" orchestra to still play viable music after the death of its leader. Long Live the Chief was recorded only weeks after Foster assumed command, but already his arrangements and leadership were giving fresh life to this great jazz institution. In addition to remakes of "April in Paris, " "Lil' Darlin', " "Corner Pocket" and "Shiny Stockings, " there was already some new material in the band's books…

Caterina Valente - With The Count Basie Orchestra (1986) {MFSL}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Aug. 30, 2016
Caterina Valente - With The Count Basie Orchestra (1986) {MFSL}

Caterina Valente - With The Count Basie Orchestra (1986) {MFSL}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 285MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 128MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Big Band

This CD reissue dates from Thad Jones' single year of leadership of the Count Basie Orchestra before his health began to fail. Caterina Valente (best known as a pop singer) has a warm voice and sounds comfortable singing in a jazz-influenced middle-of-the-road style. There is little improvisation on the date and Thad Jones' arrangements leave surprisingly little space for solos; his only appearance on cornet is on "Solitude."

Count Basie & His Orchestra - 88 Basie Street (1984) {JVC XRCD}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Aug. 27, 2016
Count Basie & His Orchestra - 88 Basie Street (1984) {JVC XRCD}

Count Basie & His Orchestra - 88 Basie Street (1984) {JVC XRCD}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 270MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 139MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Big Band

One of Basie's final albums, the very appealing title cut seems to sum up his career, a lightly swinging groove with a strong melody. Two small-group performances with guest Joe Pass on guitar and the tenor of Kenny Hing add variety to aparticularly strong set.
Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Straight Ahead (1974) Remastered 2006

Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Straight Ahead (1974) Remastered 2006
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks & cue & log) | 271 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 99 MB | Scans(JPEG) | 60 MB | 43:24
Genre: Jazz-Rock / Prog Rock | Country: UK | Label: Fuel 2000 | FUEL 3020616212

The CD kicks off nicely with a typical Auger groove on Beginning Again, then glides into a smooth, lyrical version of Wes Montgomery s Bumpin' on Sunset. This would make a nice addition to any jazz collection.