Count Basie: Cheek to Cheek


Cheek to Cheek


Count Basie (piano)


Count Basie 1949 - Shoutin' Blues (Bluebird 66158)

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Count Basie (piano), Emmett Berry (trumpet), Clark Terry (trumpet), Jimmy Nottingham (trumpet), Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet), Dicky Wells (trombone), Melba Liston (trombone), C.Q. Price (alto sax), Earle Warren (alto sax), Paul Gonsalves (tenor sax), William 'Weasel' Parker (tenor sax), Jack Washington (baritone sax), Freddie Green (guitar),

Ted Donnelly (trombone), George Matthews (trombone), Singleton Palmer (bass), Butch Ballard (drums)


Probably arranged by Gerald Wilson. Composed by Irving Berlin


Recorded: Los Angeles, April 11, 1949


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

Count Basie did not have a pleasant 1949. He'd already disbanded, put together a new group, and was scraping for gigs. As if that weren't enough, he was finishing out a contract with RCA Victor Records, an association which did neither the artist nor the label very much good. This edition of his band would finally disappear in August, and the Count would lead a wonderful small group for a time until he started yet another big band, this group more successful in many ways than the first. Even when work was not plentiful, he could still attract excellent musicians and make some nice records. While not a classic, "Cheek to Cheek" swings nicely and is perfect to dance to, boasting a colorful, bop-tinged arrangement which was probably made by Gerald Wilson. Solos are unconfirmed, but they sound like Edison, Wells and Gonsalves. And we get to hear the Count on celeste during the song's first chorus.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof


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