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Count Basie

Blues Backstage - Live In Amsterdam 1956 (CD)

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Code:
DJA-148349
Label:
Dutch Jazz Archives
EAN:
8713897903829
Reference:
NJA 1502
Format:
CD
Number of Discs:
1

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DIGIPACK EDITION

COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA:

RENAULD JONES, WENDELL CULLEY, THAD JONES, JOE NEWMAN, trumpet
HENRY COKER, BILL HUGHES, BENNY POWELL, trombone
MARSHALL ROYAL, BILL GRAHAM, alto sax
FRANK WESS, tenor sax, flute
FRANK FOSTER, tenor sax
CHARLIE FOWLKES, baritone sax
COUNT BASIE, piano
FREDDIE GREEN, guitar
EDDIE JONES, bass
SONNY PAYNE, drums

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Saturday, September 22, 1956.

INCLUDES 16-PAGE BOOKLET

TRACKS:

01. You For Me
02. Shiny Stockings
03. Be My Guest
04. Blues Backstage
05. Flute Juice
06. Cherry Point
07. April In Paris
08. Nails
09. Blee Blop Blues
10. Eventide
11. Plymouth Rock
12. Dinner With Friends
13. Oink

Dutch Jazz Archive Series comes back with another beautiful (as well as previously unreleased) album by the Count Basie Orchestra. And this concert almost didn’t take place! Three days before the event the Mayor of Amsterdam, Arnold d’Ailly, issued a ban on all midnight jazz concerts in the city. He had major concerns about security and how to control the crowds. Lionel Hampton had caused some incidents some months before. Lionel Hampton gave an exuberant concert. The audience danced and jumped. Lionel Hampton played a great solo and after some moments he left stage and walked through the audience that danced with abandon.

The complete band followed him. All people left their seats and danced through the hall. After some walks through the hall, Lionel Hampton returned to the stage. He became so enthusiastic that he would not stop playing. Lou van Rees, the organizer of the concert, wanted to stop it, but Lionel couldn’t be stopped and started to sing Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, and of course the audience yelled back. It took two hefty policemen to escort the star from the stage, at 2:30 am, towards the dressing room advising him to cool down, daddy!

Two years earlier the vibraphonist famously got his 4000 fans at the Apollohal so excited that the floor of the building caved in. The Mayor later ironically wrote: I have nothing against Count Basie, Kid Ory, The Modern Jazz Quartet or whoever else these silent high priests may be but I do object the fact that these people with their music accomplish the pure soul elevation of Amsterdam’s youth in the still of the night.

Impresario Lou Van Rees logically panicked after hearing his Count Basie concert had been banned at the last minute. He got an audience with the mayor and beseeched him to reconsider his decision. D’Ailly showed mercy and gave Lou and his midnight concerts a chance so this Count Basie at Concertgebouw on September 22, 1956 could go on.