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I Told You So Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning over 25 years, Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and ten presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime and scoundrel time.See all Product Description
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band. After some years of having almost not recorded at all, due to problems with stable personnel, William Basie at this time has found a new drummer, Butch Miles and a new arranger, Bill Holman, who was asked to write charts especially for this project. Because of this, these recordings are a pleasant breakaway from a long tradition of using the Sammy Nestico charts over and over again. And what a talent this Basie band has in its ranks: Sonny Cohn and the sparkling Bobby Mitchell provide the trumpet solos, in the trombone department you`ll
hear the one and only plunger specialist Al Grey, supported by
Curtis Fuller and Bill Hughes. Of course the star soloist of the band is still there playing with the reeds: Jimmy Forrest, with his fat, gutty attack on the tenorsax.
Besides the brilliant new scores on this album, Holman arranged two famous standards for Basie, `Something To Live For` and
`Too Close For Comfort`. In listening to them, you get almost the feeling that Basie`s third Atomic period had started. Definitely a Basie for your collection at home.
When one thinks of the Basie band, you automatically think of the foremost arrangers Ernie Wilkins, Neal Hefti and Sammy Nestico......three superb arrangers and composers in their own right! There are exceptions, fine compositions by his own sidemen (re. my review of "Chairman Of The Board"). Bill Holman is in a different plane with many credits, his own band and his work with Stan Kenton being most familiar to me. What really knocked me out, was his complex arrangements being completely written in the Basie style. There is not one selection here that can be played without identifying it immediately with the Count Basie style. A possible exception might be the closer, "The Git", a real burner which starts off with the drumming of Butch Miles and found me thinking of Buddy Rich, at least before the Count's solo kicked in.
There's a nice mixture of tempos on this set , including some fine blues as you would expect with the Basie band. My favorites are the slower tempo ones: "Flirt", "Something To Live For" (Duke and Billy would have appreciated this arrangement), and "Swee'pea" , the affectionate nickname and a fine tribute to Billy Strayhorn.
I was gratified to write a review of something with a sales rating of under 100,000 but also surprised that there was only one review. Usually my reviews seem to rank consderably lower in popularity. That said, this is a fine Basie album which should appeal to his fans,followers of Bill Holman, or any fan of big band jazz.
To keep the pot boiling in the 1960s, Basie, and almost every other jazzman, got involved in some projects of a more commercial nature than was their wont. For Basie, there were encounters with music from Broadway, Beatles, and (James) Bond, but with top-flight arrangers like Chico O'Farrill, even those albums had their attractions.
This record, however, one of a large number done for Norman Granz's Pablo label in the 1970s and '80s, is the real deal: Basie full-tilt with material written for (or, in two instances custom-tailored to) the requirements of the Basie band. I have all the Basie Verve and Roulette recordings, some of the 1940s Columbias, and a couple of odds-and-ends, but I'm a fan, not a collector. So I choose from among the remaining Basies with care. Though I waited a while to acquire it, I TOLD YOU SO is surely one of the must-haves.
Bill Holman can write just about anything that calls for a big band to play it, and if, in this case, the results are more Basie than Holman, the writing is of the caliber one expects from Holman, just as the playing is of the caliber one expects from Basie.
No doubt an aficionado could, much more handily than I, evaluate the standing of I TOLD YOU SO within the Basie oeuvre, but to this listener it seems to be about as good a representation out there of what Basie is all about.
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