Personnel: Marshall McDonald (alto saxophone); Doug Miller (tenor saxophone); John Williams (baritone saxophone); Shawn C. Edmonds, Endr‚ Rice (trumpet); Alvin Walker, Alvin Walker II, Barry Cooper (trombone); James Leary (bass instrument); Butch Miles (drums, drum); Melba Joyce (vocals); Will Matthews (guitar); Grant Langford (alto saxophone); Doug Lawrence (tenor saxophone); Scotty Barnhart , Michael Williams (trumpet); Clarence Banks, Bill Hughes (trombone); Tony Suggs (piano).
Audio Remixer: Yoshiro Suzuki.
Liner Note Author: Aaron A. Woodward.
Recording information: Denryoku Hall, Sendai, Japan (10/28/2005).
Director: Bill Hughes .
Though legendary bandleader Bill "Count" Basie passed away in 1984, his musical legacy remains powerful. This 2005 edition of the Basie big band, led by perennial trombonist Bill Hughes, was recorded in concert in Sendai, Japan. The orchestra does a fine job of projecting the jovial, immediate, and exuberant swing of Basie, both in the 1930s swing-era ideal and the Count's '50s renaissance. BASIE IS BACK features not only Basie classics but also a smattering of Duke Ellington hits as a bonus.