Count Basie Jazz Casual: Sing and Swing
- Released: November 6, 2001
- Label: Koch Records
- 1.Untitled Blues
- 3.Handful Of Keys
- 4.Untitled Blues
- 6.Squeeze Me
- 10.As Long As I Live
- 12.If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
- 14.National Educational Televison Blues
- 15.Sugar Hill Blues - (TRUE instrumental)
- 17.Another Get Together - (TRUE instrumental)
- 18.This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
- 19.Melba's Blues
- 20.Shiny Stockings
- 21.Cousin Mary
/Dave Lambert/Jon Hendricks/Yolanda Bavan.
The JAZZ CASUAL series makes available performances originally recorded for Ralph Gleason's San Francisco television broadcast.
Count Basie Quartet: Count Basie (piano); Freddie Green (guitar); Norman Keenan (bass);
Sonny Payne (drums).
Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan: Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Yolanda Bavan (vocals); Pony Poindexter (soprano & alto saxophones); Gildo Mahones (piano); George Tucker (bass); Jimmy Smith (drums).
Producer: Ralph Gleason.
Compilation producers: Donald Elfman, Naomi Yoshii.
Count Basie recorded live at KQED Televison Studios, San Francisco, California on August 21, 1968. Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan recorded live at KQED Televison Studios, San Francisco, California on February 22, 1963. Includes liner notes by Peter Keepnews and Toby Gleason.
Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Yolande Bavan (vocals); Freddie Green (guitar); Pony Poindexter (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Gildo Mahones (piano); Jimmie Smith , Sonny Payne (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Peter Keepnews; Ralph J. Gleason.
Recording information: KQED Television Studios, San Francisco, CA (02/22/1963-08/21/1968).
Photographer: Jerry Stoll.
Count Basie is heard in a relatively rare small-group session with longtime guitarist Freddie Green, drummer Sonny Payne, and bassist Norman Keenan. Without seeing the video of Count Basie's television appearance on Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual (which is available on both VHS and DVD from Rhino), it is impossible to realize why so many of the pianist's performances end so abruptly. The problem is that the host parked himself comfortably close to the piano throughout the show, disrupting things somewhat, which is strange since Gleason had already produced quite a few shows prior to this 1968 telecast. Several of the pieces are very enjoyable untitled improvised blues, while "Handful of Keys," "Squeeze Me," and "If I Could Be With You" all end far too soon. Regardless of the frustration with the brevity of the songs heard, Gleason does elicit some interesting comments during the interview segments. Basie fans will ignore the program's flaws and enjoy a rare chance to hear the pianist away from his big band. Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan show a surprising lack of ego during their 29-minute broadcast, as the first two pieces are an instrumental blues by pianist Gildo Mahones (with bassist George Tucker and drummer Jimmy Smith) and the lively gospel-flavored "Another Get Together," a feature for soprano saxophonist Pony Poindexter with the Mahones Trio. Following Gleason's enlightening interview with Jon Hendricks, the chemistry of the singers is superb in "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," while Yolanda Bavan's superb scatting in "Shiny Stockings" is the set's highlight. Because of the relatively few recordings by Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan (they broke up just two years after Bavan replaced Annie Ross), fans of vocalese will welcome the addition of this previously unavailable recording to their brief discography. ~ Ken Dryden
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