/Count Basie Orchestra.
Personnel: Rosemary Clooney (vocals); Grover Mitchell (conductor); John Oddo (arranger, piano); Alyn Ferguson, Peter Matz (arranger); Barry Manilow (vocals); John Kelson (alto saxophone, flute); Brad Leali (alto saxophone); Doug Miller (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet); Kenny Hing (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Gary Foster (tenor saxophone); John Williams (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet); Michael Williams, Scotty Barnhart, Shawn Edmonds, Bob Ojeda (trumpet); David Keim, Clarence Banks, Alvin Walker II (trombone); William Hughes (bass trombone); Terence Conley (piano); Will Matthews (guitar); James Leary (bass); Butch Miles (drums).
Producers: John Oddo, Allen Sviridoff, John Burk, Aaron A. Woodard III.
Recorded at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California from November 1997 to June 1998.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Rosemary Clooney (vocals); Will Matthews (guitar); Doug Miller (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Kenny Hing (clarinet, tenor saxophone); John Williams (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Brad Leali (alto saxophone); Scotty Barnhart , Michael Williams, Bob Ojeda (trumpet); Clarence Banks, Alvin Walker II (trombone); William Hughes (bass trombone); Terence Conley, John Oddo (piano); Butch Miles (drums).
Audio Mixers: Bob Levy ; Leslie Ann Jones.
Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (11/1997-06/1998).
Director: Grover Mitchell .
Illustrator: Mary Peterson.
Photographers: Teri Bloom; Bruce Burr.
Arrangers: John Oddo; Allyn Ferguson; Peter Matz.
Her voice has deepened, matured--she sounds more like a blues singer at times than a "pop" singer--but Rosemary Clooney still has "it." Backed by one of the great jazz big bands, under the direction of trombonist Grover Mitchell, she serves up a piping hot platter of tunes, baked with recipes from The Great American Songbook. And the Basie band still practices its patented easygoing-but-assertive swing with style. The Basie band could make almost anyone sound good--here they don't have to try, as Clooney can carry a torch song with the best of them, sounding like a woman who's been around the block more than a few times. Fans of Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme, as well as those who venerate the standards and big bands, will have a swell time AT LONG LAST.