Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Bobby Plater, Danny Turner (alto saxophone, flute); Kenny Hing (tenor saxophone, flute); Eric Dixon (tenor saxophone); Johnny Williams (baritone saxophone); Sonny Cohn, Dale Carley, Frank Szabo, Bob Summers (trumpet, flugelhorn); Grover Mitchell, Mitchell "Booty" Wood, Dennis Wilson, Bill Hughes (trombone); Harry "Sweets" Edison, Willie Cook (trumpet); Freddie Green (guitar, shaker); Cleveland Eaton (bass); Harold Jones (drums).
Recorded at Group IV Studios, Hollywood, California on September 1 & 2, 1981.
Includes liner notes by Norman Granz.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1998, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Freddie Green (guitar, shaker); Danny Turner (flute, saxophone, alto saxophone); Bobby Plater (flute, alto saxophone); Kenny Hing (flute, tenor saxophone); Eric Dixon (tenor saxophone); John Williams (baritone saxophone); Dale Carley, Frank Szabo, Sonny Cohn, Bob Summers (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harry "Sweets" Edison , Willie Cook (trumpet); Grover Mitchell , Dennis Wilson , Bill Hughes (trombone); Gregg Field, Harold Jones (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Norman Granz.
Recording information: Group IV Studios, Hollywood, CA (09/01/1981/09/02/1981).
Photographer: Phil Stern.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Eric Dixon ; Harold Jones ; Bill Hughes ; Frank Szabo; Sonny Cohn; Bob Summers; Bobby Plater.
This 1981 release represents the late period in the legendary pianist and band leader's career. But Count Basie was one of those musicians whose work never seemed to decline. In fact, Basie never lost his muster or grew obsolete. On WARM BREEZE, the only thing that separates Basie's approach from earlier periods in his long and prolific career is the pervasiveness of bebop solos by his sidemen.
No longer do we hear the bluesy work of, say, Zoot Sims or Al Cohn (who worked with Basie during his middle period). Younger, more note-hungry players such as saxophonists Kenny Hing and Eric Dixon and trumpet player Willie Cook add spice and a pleasant air of modernity to compositions such as "C.B. Express" and "Flight to Nassau." On the latter, Cook improvises beautifully, blowing complex yet lyrical lines over Basie's subtle accompaniment. WARM BREEZE also delivers for all fans of early swing. Harry "Sweets" Edison, one of Basie's charter members, is featured on "How Sweet It Is," evoking the era in jazz that Basie helped to forge.