Concord Jazz
Jazz, Modern Big Band, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz, Mainstream Jazz

Album Review

A big-band date that slightly predated pianist Gene Harris' association with the Philip Morris Superband, this CD is ostensibly a tribute to the recently deceased Count Basie, but surprisingly, only two of the eight songs ("Swingin' the Blues" and "Blue and Sentimental") were played by Basie, although one original ("Captain Bill") was written in homage of the bandleader. Harris' 16-piece orchestra does bring back the spirit of Basie's band in spots, with a lightly but steadily swinging rhythm section and such soloists as trumpeters Conte Candoli and Jon Faddis and tenors Plas Johnson and Bob Cooper. But in reality, Harris dominates the solo spotlight, and the music (which includes a memorable version of "When Did You Leave Heaven") is a bit predictable.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Captain Bill
  2. Night Mist Blues
  3. Swingin' the Blues
  4. When Did You Leave Heaven?
  5. Blues For Pepper
  6. Blue and Sentimental
  7. Riled Up
  8. The Masquerade Is Over
  9. Dejection Blues [*]
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