Count Basie & Joe Williams: All Right, OK, You Win


All Right, OK, You Win


Count Basie (piano) and Joe Williams (vocals)


Count Basie Swings / Joe Williams Sings (Verve 314 519 852-2)

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Count Basie (piano), Joe Williams (vocals),

Wendell Culley, Reunald Jones, Thad Jones, Joe Newman (trumpets), Henry Coker, Bill Hughes, Benny Powell (trombones), Marshal Royal, Bill Graham (alto saxes), Frank Wess, Frank Foster (tenor saxes), Charlie Fowlkes (baritone sax), Freddie Green (guitar), Eddie Jones (bass), Sonny Payne (drums)


Composed by Sid Wyche & Mayme Watts. Arranged by Frank Foster


Recorded: New York, May 17, 1955


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

From 1967-1987, Sooner State license plates bore the legend "Oklahoma is OK." This less-than-ringing endorsement was then truncated to "Oklahoma OK!"  Dropping the verb and appending an exclamation mark was scant improvement, but you knew what they meant. By contrast, singer Joe Williams, backed by the infectious shuffle-beat and thrilling brass of Count Basie's New Testament band, offers an unstinting testimonial. True, the song is about a guy throwing in the towel after being KO'd by love's roundhouse right. But the mood is downright celebratory. Never did a pug hit the canvas with a broader smile on his face than Joe Williams. So what say, Oklahoma state legislators? Can you fit "Alright, OK, You Win (I'm in Love with You)" on next year's plates?

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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