3 PANNEL DIGIPACK EDITION
4 STARS DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
2 ORIGINAL ALBUMS ON 1 CD PLUS 2 BONUS TRACKS
Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings (Clef MG C-678) was the first album featuring Joe Williams (1918-1999) as the vocalist of the Count Basie orchestra. Basie and Williams’ first real encounter would take place in 1954, and from that year until 1961, Williams remained the singer for the band, rising to national prominence with Basie. “Every Day I Have the Blues”, taped in 1955, was one of his many hit recordings (it was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame for recordings of particular historical or qualitative importance in 1992). After leaving the Basie band, Williams had a successful career as a soloist at festivals, in clubs and on television. He and Basie remained on good terms and Joe regularly appeared with the Count’s orchestra. Two tracks from the same sessions not included on the original LP and the complete Joe Williams album Sentimental and Melancholy (Roulette SR52066) have been added here as a bonus.
JOE WILLIAMS, vocals on all tracks.
COUNT BASIE & HIS ORCHESTRA:
Wendell Culley, Reunald Jones, Thad Jones, Joe Newman (tp),
Henry Coker, Bill Hughes, Benny Powell (tb), Marshall Royal (as, cl),
Bill Graham (as), Frank Wess (ts, fl ), Frank Foster (ts),
Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g),
Eddie Jones (b), Sonny Payne (d). Frank Foster, Ernie Wilkins (arr).
Fine Studios, New York, May 17 (tracks 1-4) & July 26 (tracks 5-9), 1955.
(*) BONUS TRACKS: Same personnel. Universal Recordings Group, Chicago,
January 23, 1956. Originally released on Verve single 10004.
(**) BONUS ALBUM
: SENTIMENTAL & MELANCHOLY
JOE WILLIAMS, vocals. Orchestra conducted & arranged by JIMMY JONES.
New York, December 14 or 23, 1960.TRACKS:
01 EVERY DAY (I HAVE THE BLUES)
02 THE COMEBACK
03 ALRIGHT, OKAY, YOU WIN
04 IN THE EVENING (WHEN THE SUN COMES DOWN)
05 ROLL ’EM PETE
06 TEACH ME TONIGHT
07 MY BABY UPSETS ME
08 PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE
09 EV’RY DAY (I FALL IN LOVE)
10 STOP! DON’T! (*)
11 AS I LOVE YOU (*)
12 EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE (**)
13 DAY BY DAY (**)
14 JUST AS THOUGH YOU WERE HERE (**)
15 FOR ALL WE KNOW (**)
16 YOU LEAVE ME BREATHLESS (**)
17 LOVE IS THE SWEETEST THING (**)
18 DID I REMEMBER (**)
19 DARN THAT DREAM (**)
20 STAY AS SWEET AS YOU ARE (**)
21 JUST PLAIN LONESOME (**)
22 OCEAN MEDLEY: HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?/CONTENTED (**)
TOTAL TIME: 71:03 Min