Charlie Barnet Live at Basin Street East
- Released: April 3, 2006
- Label: Hep Records
- 1.Rabble Rouser
- 2.It Had To Be You
- 4.I Can't Get Started
- 5.Jeep's Blues
- 7.Satin Doll
- 8.Bali Bali Buck Dance
- 10.Mab Medley: Cherokee / Southern Fried / East Side, West Side / Things Aren't What They Used To Be / Skyliner / Pompton Turnpike / Smiles
- 11.Introduction To An Ending
- 12.Deed I Do
- 13.Early Autumn
- 15.It Had To Be You
Personnel: Charlie Barnet (saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Randy Brecker, Snooky Young (trumpet).
Recording information: Basin St. East (12/24/1966-12/31/1966).
Some 40 years after Charlie Barnet led a big band in live performance at New York's Basin Street East, the amazing Scotland-based Hep record label brought out the only known recording of this ensemble, which included trumpeters Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, and Snooky Young, trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, saxophonists Barnet, Willie Smith, and Richie Kamuca, and pianist Nat Pierce, with arrangements by Bill Holman and Billy Byers. This recording, made in December 1966, appears to have been the last to feature altoist Smith, who rose to prominence with the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra in the '30s and would succumb to cancer only three months after this recording was made. This exciting live recording, which includes a salty rendition of Terry's signature tune "Mumbles," is fortified with several titles from the Ellington/Strayhorn book. Barnet was a lifelong devotee of the Duke, and at its best, this band sounds quite similar to Ellington's punchy orchestra as heard a few months earlier on the French Riviera and subsequently on the Verve album SOUL CALL. The biggest treat is an extended medley of Barnet staples, including Ray Noble's "Cherokee," Harlan Leonard's "Southern Fried," "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" by Ellington and Johnny Hodges, "Smiles," "East Side, West Side," the enduring hit "Pompton Turnpike," and the dependably exhilarating "Skyliner."
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