Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Danny Turner, Chris Wood (alto saxophone); Eric Dixon, Kenny Hing (tenor saxophone); Johnny Williams (baritone saxophone); Dal Carley, Sonny Cohn, Jim Crawford, Bob Summers, Frank Szabo (trumpet); Bill Hughes, Grover Mitchell Dennis Wilson, Mitchell "Booty" Wood (trombone); Freddie Green (guitar); Cleveland Eaton (bass); Dennis Mackrel (drums).
Recorded at Oceanway Studios, Hollywood, California in December 1983. Originally released on Pablo (2310-920). Includes liner notes by Benny Green and Norman Granz.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (2000, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Freddie Green (guitar); Chris Woods, Danny Turner (alto saxophone); Kenny Hing, Eric Dixon (tenor saxophone); Johnny Williams , John Williams (baritone saxophone); Jim Crawford , Dale Carley, Frank Szabo, Sonny Cohn, Bob Summers (trumpet); Mitchell Wood, Grover Mitchell , Dennis Wilson , Bill Hughes , Booty Wood (trombone); Dennis Mackrel (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Liner Note Authors: Benny Green ; Norman Granz.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (12/1983); Oceanway Studios, Hollywood, CA (12/1983).
Count Basie's last-known album (recorded four months before his death), this big-band record gives no hints of the end nearing; in fact the music is quite upbeat and typically spirited. The Count Basie Orchestra never declined and its leader (who remained in his musical, if not physical prime) went out swinging. ~ Scott Yanow