Count Basie – Mostly Blues… and Some Others {Pablo}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Count Basie’s final small-group studio session (one of a countless number for Norman Granz during Basie’s last decade), this outing features trumpeter Snooky Young (who was last with the orchestra in the early ’60s), tenor great Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and the dependable guitarist Joe Pass (along with rhythm guitarist Freddie Green). The repertoire lives up to the album’s title: blues and swing standards all played with joy and spirit.

Tracks:
01 – I’ll Always Be in Love With You
02 – Snooky
03 – Blues for Charlie Christian
04 – Jaws
05 – I’m Confessin’ that I Love You
06 – I Want a Little Girl
07 – Blues in ‘C’
08 – Brio

Personnel:
Count Basie – piano
Snooky Young – trumpet
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis – tenor sax
Freddie Green – rhythm guitar
Joe Pass – solo guitar
John Heard – bass
Roy McCurdy – drums

Recorded at Group IV Studios, Hollywood, California; June 22, 1983

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain [2CD]{Columbia} “Legacy Edition”


Review by Thom Jurek (allmusic.com)

More than likely, the serious Miles Davis fan has already bought Sketches of Spain in numerous editions before, from its original CD issue to two different remasters — and some have purchased it as part of the Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings box set as well. This 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition will more than likely be either for the serious Miles collector, or for a newcomer to the recordings of Davis and Evans. Since the single-CD issue of Sketches of Spain is still available, it remains to be seen who this 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition set — which contains no unreleased music — will appeal to; but it is a handsome issue and does contain a couple of nice bonuses to make it attractive. Along with the original album is a 70-minute bonus disc filled with alternate takes and extra tracks. There are four different takes of “Concerto de Arjanuez (Adagio),” including a two-part, alternate take version that lasts in total about 20 minutes; a stellar live version which is the only one that took place, and a brief alternate ending. In addition to other alternates of album pieces are “Maids of Cadiz,” which showcases the first Spanish composition that Evans adapted for Miles, and “Teo,” from the Someday My Prince Will Come sessions. It was included because of its symbiotic relationship to “Solea,” on Sketches of Spain. Also included on the bonus disc is a large .pdf file that is in essence a digital booklet with rare photos, press clippings, and previously unpublished documents related to the recordings sessions for the album. This version also comes with a new liner essay by Gunther Schuller. Again, the more casual Miles listener, and even the purchaser of his classic albums, may hesitate, but for the more serious jazz aficionado, it is somewhat revelatory to hear the bonus material prepared and sequenced in this context; and the extra digital booklet — given the attractive price of the set — makes it tough to resist.

Tracks – Disc One:
01 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)
02 – Will O’ the Wisp
03 – The Pan Piper
04 – Saeta
05 – Solea
06 – Song of Our Country

Tracks – Disc Two:
01 – Maids of Cadiz
02 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)_rehearsal take, incomplete, w/o
03 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)_alternate take, part one
04 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)_alternate take, part two
05 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)_alternate ending
06 – The Pan Piper (take 1)
07 – Song of Our Country_take 9, w/o intro
08 – Song of Our Country_take 14, slower tempo, w/o intro
09 – Saeta (full version of master)
10 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)_live
11 – Teo

Personnel:
Miles Davis – fluegelhorn, trumpet
Gil Evans – arranger, conductor
Paul Chambers – bass
Jimmy Cobb, Art Taylor – drums
Elvin Jones – percussion
etc.

Recorded on May 6 & 27, 1957 and November 20, 1959 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork