Personnel: Frank Foster (tenor saxophone); Danny Turner (alto saxophone, piccolo); Manny Boyd (alto saxophone, flute); Kenny Hing, Doug Miller (tenor saxophone, flute); John Williams (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet); Mike Williams, Derrick Gardner, Melton Mustafa, Bob Ojeda (trumpets); Mel Wanzo, Clarence Banks, Robert Trowers (trombone); Bill Hughes (bass trombone); George Caldwell (piano); Charlton Johnson (guitar); Cleveland Eaton (bass); David Gibson (drums).
Producers: John Synder, Aaron A. Woodward III, Takayuki Watanabe.
Recorded live at El Morocco, Worcester, Massachusetts on February 20-21, 1992. Includes liner notes by Donald Elfman and Frank Foster.
Even without its original leader, the Count Basie Orchestra was at all times one of the finest jazz big bands in existence. During the '90s, Frank Foster kept the instantly recognizable sound while welcoming younger soloists and infusing the band's repertoire with new charts. This strong live program is typical of the Basie band during that time, performing older tunes (such as "Corner Pocket" and "Shiny Stockings") that alternate with newer and no less swinging originals.