Personnel includes: Count Basie (leader, piano); Earle Warren (vocals, saxophone); Jimmy Rushing, Thelma Carpenter, Freddie Bryant, Maxine Johnson (vocals); Lester Young (tenor saxophone).
Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Earle Warren (vocals, alto saxophone); Freddie Bryant, Jimmy Rushing, Thelma Carpenter (vocals); Freddie Green (guitar); Rudy Rutherford (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Lester Young , Buddy Tate (tenor saxophone); Ed Lewis, Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Dicky Wells, Eli Robinson, Lewis Taylor, Al Killian (trombone).
Recording information: 01/10/1944-02/23/1945.
This is the second of two albums recorded by Count Basie's Orchestra during the halt in commercial recordings caused by the Musician's Union strike of 1944-45. These historically important 17 tunes document the all too brief return of tenor man Lester Young to the Basie lineup.
This is a markedly different band from the one heard in the prewar Kansas City days. The music is heavier, harder hitting, and tighter. However, Basie and company retain a buoyant swing throughout. Vocals by Jimmy Rushing, Thelma Carpenter, and others add a romantic flair, and Lester Young's lyrical playing makes this set as classic as it is inimitable; he uses his light, airy tone to create solos that almost overshadow the songs. Highlights include the moonstruck ballad "I Dream of You," and the foot stomping "Circus in Rhythm."