Count Basie Too Marvelous for Words

Too Marvelous for Words
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  • Released: May 25, 1999
  • Label: Vanguard Records


  • 1.Shoe Shine Boy
  • 2.Lover Man
  • 3.Georgia Mae
  • 4.Squeeze Me
  • 5.Buck Huckles
  • 6.Splittin'
  • 7.Caravan
  • 8.Old Man River
  • 9.Too Marvelous For Words
  • 10.Sent For You Yesterday
  • 11.Perdido
  • 12.Satin Doll

Product Description:

Recording information: 1956-1958.
Too Marvelous for Words compiles 12 highlights from John Hammond's late-'50s recordings of Count Basie and his band for Vanguard. Hammond didn't specifically record Basie, who only appears on four tracks on this compilation. Instead, he assembled various members of Basie's band, had them run through familiar items of their repertoire, adding a couple of stray songs and originals along the way. Since these recordings were made in the late '50s, when all of the members (apart from the odd newcomer, such as Kenny Burrell) were well established, these sessions aren't as revelatory as many of Hammond's blues and folk recordings, which had the wondrous element of discovery. The music on Too Marvelous for Words, however, is nevertheless delightful because Hammond gave a number of excellent musicians -- Lucky Thompson, Benny Green, Freddie Green, Jo Jones, Walter Page, Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson, Hank Jones, Joe Williams, and Basie himself, among them -- the freedom to simply lay out and play on favorite songs. There may be no revelations among these tunes, but the music is bright, swinging and altogether engaging. Certainly, it's not among Basie or his band's major works, but it's enjoyable for any fan of his music, no matter their level of expertise or dedication. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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  • UPC: 015707960120
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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