Two splendid collaborations by the vocal trio of Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross with Count Basie or members of his band.
Sing a Song of Basie (ABC/Paramount ABC223) is presented here it its original Mono version, and not the “electronically rechanneled for Stereo” one of some reissues which had worst sound quality. It showcases the vocal trio singing all of the horn parts from the Basie band via multi-track recording, backed only by a rhythm section of Basie-ites (with Nat Pierce filling in for the Count).
On the Stereo album Sing Along with Basie (Roulette SR52018), the vocalists are accompanied by the whole Basie orchestra with the Count himself at the piano.
As a bonus, we have added a version of “The Spirit-Feel” from the same period (with Lambert-Hendricks & Ross accompanied again by Nat Pierce), as well as the only two songs from a 1959 Basie concert where the vocal trio was invited to join the orchestra.
Includes 20-page booklet with the COMPLETE SONG LYRICS.
01 EVERYDAY I HAVE THE BLUES 5:21
02 IT’S SAND, MAN! 2:30
03 TWO FOR THE BLUES 2:46
04 ONE O’CLOCK JUMP 3:04
05 LITTLE PONY 2:33
06 DOWN FOR DOUBLE 2:14
07 FIESTA IN BLUE 3:18
08 DOWN FOR THE COUNT 3:01
09 BLUES BACKSTAGE 3:02
10 AVENUE C 2:54
11 JUMPIN’ AT THE WOODSIDE 3:21
12 GOING TO CHICAGO BLUES 4:13
13 TICKLE TOE 2:40
14 LET ME SEE 3:15
15 EVERY TUB 3:26
16 SHORTY GEORGE 3:08
17 RUSTY DUSTY BLUES 3:46
18 THE KING 3:25
19 SWINGIN’ THE BLUES 3:04
20 LIL’ DARLIN’ 4:38
21 THE SPIRITFEEL 2:54*
22 DOODLIN’ [live] 4:13*
23 EVERYDAY I HAVE THE BLUES [live] 5.34*
TOTAL TIME: 78:21
vocals on all tracks, plus:
1-10: Sing a Song of Basie
Nat Pierce (p), Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones (b), Sonny Payne (d).
New York, August 26 (tracks 2, 5 & 8-9), September 16 (track 10), October 11 (tracks 6-7) & November 26 (tracks 1 & 3-4), 1957.
11-20: Sing Along with Basie
Thad Jones (tp), Snooky Young, Wendell Culley, Joe Newman (tp), Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell (tb), Marshal Royal (cl, as), Frank Wess (as, ts, fl), Billy Mitchell (ts), Frank Foster (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones (b), Sonny Payne (d).
New York, May 26 (tracks 12-13), May 27 (tracks 14-15 & 19-20) & September 3 (tracks 11, 16-18), 1958.
*BONUS TRACKS (21-23):
21: Nat Pierce (p), Kenny Burrell (g), Addison Farmer (b), Osie Johnson (d).
New York, August 1, 1958.
22-23: Same personnel as 11-20. Joe Williams (vcl) added on 23.
Chicago Stadium, Playboy Jazz Festival, Chicago, August 8, 1959.