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Frankly Basie - Count Basie Plays the Hits of Frank Sinatra

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Album Review

Originally titled More Hits of the 50's and 60's, Frankly Basie: Count Basie Plays the Hits of Frank Sinatra, a salute to Frank Sinatra by the Count Basie Orchestra, is mostly closer to dance music than jazz. The original 12-song program featuring Billy Byers' arrangements is augmented by a "new" alternate take of "Hey! Jealous Lover" and two selections ("My Kind of Town" and "Come Rain or Come Shine") taken from the LP Basie Picks the Winners. "All of Me" is most memorable.

Customer Reviews

"Frankly Basie" - frankly fantastic!

I HIGHLY recommend this album. It swings hard, with great arrangements by Billy Byers. Buy it; you won't be disappointed.

Biography

Born: August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Count Basie was among the most important bandleaders of the swing era. With the exception of a brief period in the early '50s, he led a big band from 1935 until his death almost 50 years later, and the band continued to perform after he died. Basie's orchestra was characterized by a light, swinging rhythm section that he led from the piano, lively ensemble work, and generous soloing. Basie was not a composer like Duke Ellington or an important...
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