BASIE'S BAG features The Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of saxophonist/arranger Frank Foster, a veteran of the late Count Basie's classic 1950s band.
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, Detroit, Michigan on November 20, 1992.
Count Basie may have died in 1984 but his orchestra continues to roll on without any loss of quality. The 1992 edition was filled with strong soloists and swinging arrangements. Leader Frank Foster wrote most of the charts for this CD (including the fine four-part "Count Basie Remembrance Suite") and allocated solo space to 12 of the 14 horn players. There are good individual features for Kenny Hing on tenor, trombonist Clarence Banks, electric guitarist Charlton Johnson and Foster himself ("Here's That Rainy Day") but it is the strong ensembles that make this a rewarding set. ~ Scott Yanow