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A collection of early recordings released on the Vocalion label, with Jimmy Rushing and Helen Humes on vocals, and features Earle Warren on alto, Harry Edison and Buck Clayton on trumpet, and Dicky Wells and Benny Morton on trombone. LP, Vinyl record album
Classic Basie Orchestra recocording, with Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, and Harry Edison on trumpets; Benny Morton, Dan Minor, and Dickie Wells on trombones; Earl Warren, Jack Washington, Herschel Evans, and Lester Young on saxophones; Freddie Green on guitar, Walter Page on bass, Joe Jones on drums, ... LP, Vinyl record album
With Freddie Green on guitar and shaker, Cleveland Eaton on bass, Gregg Field and Harold Jones on drums. Orchestra includes Willie Cook and Harry Edison on trumpet, Sonny Cohn, Dale Carley, Frank Szabo, and Bob Summers on trumpet and flugelhorn, Mitchell Wood, Dennis Wilson, Grover Mitchell, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Basie's working here with his New Testament Band – a new orchestra formed in 1952, after working briefly with an octet earlier in the year. The set documents the group's initial recordings for Verve/Clef – all recorded between January and December in 1952. Players include Joe Newman, ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of THE seminal Basie albums of all time – and a masterful pairing between the Count and arranger Neal Hefti! Hefti has an amazing ear for the Basie groove, and he works here to re-fit the overall sound of the group with a tighter, more fluid approach – one that ensured that they'd ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Basie's biggest albums – but still a work of pure genius! "April In Paris" is one of the darkest jazz standards ever written, and it never sounded better than in this original version, which features that great ending in which Basie and the band stop, then start, then stop ... LP, Vinyl record album
A real gem from the height of Dizzy's big band years at Verve – a stunning little set that features a hip larger group that includes Joe Gordon, Melba Liston, Rod Leavitt, Phil Woods, Ernie Wilkins, and Billy Mitchell. The groove here is well-orchestrated, well-placed soul – with less ... LP, Vinyl record album
An all-star session put together by Verve in 1958 – one that features a septet of some of the label's biggest giants in jazz at the time! The format here is a bit open-ended – almost like some of the earlier JATP sessions on Verve – with lots of room for personal interaction ... LP, Vinyl record album
Duke Ellington makes a rare Verve appearance on this classic album – and works strongly in the mode of earlier sides recorded for the label by Johnny Hodges! There's a relaxed, small group feel going on here – one that's a bit different than some of the tighter Ellington work on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Groovy 2LP set that brings together some of Cal's best Latiny sides for Verve – tracks that shine and sparkle with wit, imagination, and just plain groove! The set's a nice one in that a lot of these cuts are hard to find on the original albums – especially in decent enough shape to ... LP, Vinyl record album
A really great pairing – and a rare non-Brubeck Paul Desmond session from the 50s! Gerry Mulligan and Desmond weave laidback lines around each other, working here in a pianoless quartet that features Dave Bailey on drums and Joe Benjamin on bass – very much a Mulligan-inspired approach ... LP, Vinyl record album
The tenor of Stan Getz meets the baritone sax of Gerry Mulligan – and then they switch things around for half of the record, as Stan picks up the baritone and Mulligan takes on tenor! Gerry always seems to open up whole new sides of his playing when sharing the leader spotlight with another ... LP, Vinyl record album