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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Count Basie and his Orchestra - Swingin' The Blues LP























Side 1:
01. Swinging The Blues
02. John's Idea
03. Blue & Sentimental
04. Texas Shuffle
05. Panassie Stomp
06. Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today
07. You Can Depend On Me
08. Every Tub

Side 2:
01. Jumpin' At The Woodside
02. Time Out
03. Jive At Five
04. Oh Lady Be Good
05. Shorty George
06. Out The Window
07. Topsy
08. Doggin' Around






I've included "LP" in the title of this post and also in the tagging of this album because, as many of you will be aware, I've previously posted the cassette version of this collection. It was re-upped in March 2015 here:


That was in response to a request for a re-up of the album which was originally posted in August 2008 here:


Last year I came across this LP while browsing in a local charity shop, so here for your delectation is the vinyl version. The sound on the vinyl rips differs considerably from the cassette rips, being clearer, although there are the inevitable clicks, pops and crackles to remind us that the source is a second hand record.

These are recordings made between July 1937 and February 1939 for Decca in New York (the band having migrated from Kansas City in 1936). The lineup includes tenor sax duo Lester Young and Herschel Evans (replaced by Chu Berry in the final session as Evans was in hospital with the heart condition which would cause his death 6 days later). There is the All-American Rhythm Section of Freddy Green (guitar), Walter Page (bass), Count Basie (piano) and Jo Jones (drums). Earl Warren features on clarinet and alto sax, Buck Clayton on trumpet and, shouting the blues on 2 numbers, Mister Five by Five himself, Jimmy Rushing.

Full band lineups and recording dates are on the back cover along with an essay by jazz critic Stan Britt.

5 comments:

Spreadin' Rhythm! said...

I've got the 3-Disc "Count Basie: The Complete Decca Recordings" and love the tracks included here on this LP. It's so sad that Herschel Evans passed away when he was barely 30 years old - it was tough on Lester to lose his friend.

ramson said...

I also have that 3cd set and I have always thought that the sound in the box has a mediocre mastering and mostly uses as sources 78's rpm very worn, except some tracks with ok sound. In general, this lp and other lp rips downloaded from the network in recent years have better sound.

Thanks a lot!.

Spreadin' Rhythm! said...

P.S. Boogiewoody, if you ever want to post sample tracks, OpenDrive offers a nice, free little player that is more reliable than the old divShare ones. (Though I do miss DS because of the option to embed "run-on" playlists.)

https://www.opendrive.com/

boogiewoody said...

Thanks for the tip, Marie. I'm tentatively working on something that may well make use of this. That's also partly why there hasn't been a post this week!

Spreadin' Rhythm! said...

Very intriguing! ;-)