Various – Away From Base – Count Basie Sidemen Recorded With Other Leaders – 4 CD
When the Basie band arrived in New York it didn't take long for the star soloists and rhythm men to find recording gigs in pick-up groups under other leaders. With one exception these tracks feature at least two or more Count Basie alumni in various settings. Originally from Kansas, they had been heard by John Hammond, on the radio. His efforts to get them a nationwide audience is well documented, and in the end they achieved success. Of the recordings from that first year, we find some featuring Billie Holiday, both with Teddy Wilson and under her own name, and in most cases the accompaniment includes her musical soul-mate, Lester Young on tenor sax, Buck Clayton on trumpet and the famous Green, Page and Jones rhythm section. Teddy Wilson had been using pick-up groups to back Billie for some eighteen months, and on the first date with the Basie men, Benny Goodman is still there - she had known him since her first recording at the age of eighteen, singing with his band. She was now a mature vocalist with an identifiable style and sound who could turn trite material into art. Comparing her version of He Ain't Got Rhythm with that of Jimmy Rushing on the opening track is in itself an example of her ability to add humour through inflection in an almost throwaway manner. A few 'outsiders' turn up at some sessions , and these include Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges, Buster Bailey and Ed Hall. No harm in that. Mildred Bailey was another vocalist of the time with an instantly recognizable style and quality. Usually she was accompanied by a band led by her husband Red Norvo, but here, the backing is by an all-star pick-up group with Herchel Evans on tenor and Buck Clayton on trumpet plus the Basie rhythm section. Both Evans and Clayton take fine solos, with Buck also playing obligato to the vocal on If You Should Ever Leave. We could go on - suffice it to say that this set offers probably the greatest variety of settings in which Basie alumni were featured.
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra: 1. He Ain't Got Rhythm – 2. He Ain't Got Rhythm - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra: 3. This Year's Kisses - 4. Why Was I Born? - 5. I Must Have That Man! - 6. Sun Showers - 7. Yours And Mine - 8. I'll Get By - 9. Mean To Me - 10. Foolin' Myself - 11. Easy Living - 12. I'll Never Be The Same - 13. I've Found A New Baby - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra: 14. Me Myself And I - 15. A Sailboat In The Moonlight - 16. Born To Love - 17. Without Your Love - Mildred Bailey & Her Orchestra: 18. If You Should Ever Leave - 19. The Moon Got In My Eyes - 20. Heaven Help This Heart Of Mine - 21. It's The Natural Thing To Do - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra: 22. Getting Some Fun Out Of Life - 23. Who Wants Love? - 24. Trav'lin All Alone - 25. He's Funny That Way –
Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra with Billy Holiday: 1. Nice Work If You Can Get It - 2. Things Are Looking Up - 3. My Man (Mon Homme) - 4. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - Harry James & His Orchestra with Helen Humes: 5. Jubilee - 6. When We're Alone (Penthouse Serenade) - 7. (I Can Dream) Can't I? - 8. Life Goes To A Party - 9. Texas Chatter - 10. Song Of The Wanderer - 11. It's The Dreamer In Me - 12. One O'Clock Jump - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra: 13. My First Impression Of You - 14. When Your Smiling - 15. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me - 16. If Dreams Come True - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra: 17. Now They Call It Swing - 18. On The Sentimental Side - 19. Back In Your Own Back Yard - 20. When A Woman Loves A Man - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra: 21. Ti-Pi-Tin - 22. Make Believe - 23. The Blue Room - Timme Rosenkrantz & His Barrelhouse Barons: 24. A Wee Bit Of Swing - 25. Is This To Be My Souvenir? -
Kansas City Five: 1. Laughing At Life - 2. Good Mornin' Blues - 3. I Know That You Know - 4. Love Me Or Leave Me - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra: 5. I'm In The Mood For Swing - 6. Shoe Shiner's Drag - 7. Any Time At All - 8. Muskrat Ramble - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra: 9. The Very Thought Of You - 10. I Can't Get Started - 11. I've Got A Date With A Dream - 12. You Can't Be Mine - Kansas City Six: 13. 'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans - 14. Countless Blues - 15. Them There Eyes - 16. I Want A Little Girl - 17. Pagin' The Devil - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra with Billie Holiday: 18. Everybody's Laughing - 19. Here It Is Tomorrow Again - 20. Say It With A Kiss - 21. April In My Heart - 22. I'll Never Fail You - 23. They Say - Jerry Kruger & Her Orchestra: 24. Rain, Rain, Go Away - 25. Summertime –
Glenn Hardman & His Hammond Five: 1. China Boy - 2. Exactly Like You - 3. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - 4. Upright Organ Blues - 5. Who? - 6. Jazz Me Blues - Billie Holiday: 7. Night And Day - 8. The Man I Love - 9. You're Just A No Account - 10. You're A Lucky Guy - Joe Sullivan & His Cafe Society Orchestra: 11. Solitude - 12. Oh, Lady Be Good - Billie Holiday: 13. I'm Pulling Through - 14. Tell Me More - 15. Laughing At Life - 16. Time On My Hands - Una Mae Carlisle: 17. Blitzkrieg Baby (You Can't Bomb Me) - 18. Beautiful Eyes - 19. There'll Be Some Changes Made - 20. It's Sad But True - Billie Holiday: 21. Let's Do It - 22. Georgia On My Mind - 23. Romance In The Dark - 24. All Of Me - Sam Price & His Texas Blusicians: 25. The Goon Drag (Gone Wid De Goon) - 26. Just Jivin' Around -
Sam Price (vocals, piano) , Lionel Hampton (vocals, vibraphone, drums) , Inez Cavanaugh / Helen Humes / Jerry Kruger / Jimmy Rushing / Mildred Bailey / Una Mae Carlisle / Billie Holiday (vocals) , Brick Fleagle / Freddie Green / Allan Reuss / John Collins / Albert Casey (guitar) , Eddie Durham (electric guitar, trombone) , Lester Young / Danny Polo (clarinet, tenor saxophone) , Edmond Hall / Benny Goodman / Buster Bailey (clarinet) , Jack Washington (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone) , Bill DePew / Don Stovall / Earle Warren / Eddie Barefield / Edgar Sampson / Joe Eldridge / Rudy Williams / Bill Bowen / Johnny Hodges / Russell Procope / Leslie Johnakins / Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone) , Arthur Rollini / Don Byas / Herschel Evans / Kermit Scott / Babe Russin / Vido Musso (tenor saxophone) , Gordon Griffin / Irving Goodman / Billy Hicks / Bill Johnson / Ed Anderson / Harry "Sweets" Edison/ Harry James / Lee Castle / Roy Eldridge / Shad Collins / Ziggy Elman / Buck Clayton (trumpet) , Rex Stewart (cornet) , Tyree Glenn (trombone, vibraphone) , Dicky Wells / Benny Morton / Murray McEachern / Vernon Brown / Red Ballard (trombone) , Claude Thornhill / Clyde Hart / Eddie Heywood / Jess Stacy / Joe Sullivan / Billy Kyle/ James Sherman (piano) , Glenn Hardman (organ) , Cozy Cole / Hal West / Johnny Wells / Gene Krupa / Harold "Doc" West / Jo Jones / Kenny Clarke (drums).
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