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This edition presents the complete album Chairman of the Board (Roulette SR52032), recorded around the same time the Count made his classic LP Basie Plays Hefti. The Basie band was full of great musicians by that time, such as Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Frank Wess and Frank Foster, plus Basie himself and the evergreen (no pun intended) Freddie Green in the rhythm section. All songs from the LP were original compositions by members of the band. Six tracks that complete the music recorded during the Chairman of the Board sessions, as well as three live versions of three of the sessions’ tunes from the same period have been added as a bonus.
COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA
[1-2] & [11-12] Thad Jones, John Anderson, Wendell Culley, Joe Newman (tp),
Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb), Marshall Royal (cl, as), Frank Wess (as, ts, fl),
Billy Mitchell, Frank Foster (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g),
Eddie Jones (b), Sonny Payne (d), Joe Williams (vcl on 11-12 only).
Chicago, March 4, 1958.
  & [13-14] Same personnel as above except Joe Williams omitted.
New York, April 28, 1958.
,  &  Same personnel as above except Joe Williams omitted.
New York, April 29, 1958
, [5-6],  & : Same personnel as above except Snooky Young (tp) replaces John Anderson,
and Joe Williams omitted. Freddie Green plays shaker on 5.
New York, December 10-12, 1958.
[17-19] Bonus Tracks: Same personnel as 1-2 & 11-12 except Snooky Young (tp) replaces John Anderson,
and Joe Williams omitted.
Live at the Crescendo Club, Los Angeles, circa June 26, 1958.
01. Blues In Hoss’ Flat
02. H.R.H. (Her Royal Highness)
03. Segue In C
04. Kansas City Shout
05. Speaking Of Sounds
06. TV Time
07. Who, Me?
08. The Deacon
09. Half Moon Street
10. Mutt & Jeff
11. How Can You Lose*
12. Five O’clock In The Morning*
13. Moten Swing*
14. Ol’ Man River*
15. Fair And Warmer*
17. H.R.H. [Live]
18. Who, Me? [Live]
19. Moten Swing [Live]
* From the same sessions, but not included on the original LP.
Total Time: 75:23