Count Basie: April in Paris


April in Paris


Count Basie Orchestra


April in Paris (Verve 825 575-2)

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Count Basie (piano), Joe Newman (trumpet), Thad Jones (trumpet), Wendell Culley (trumpet), Reunald Jones (trumpet), Henry Coker (trombone), Benny Powell (trombone), Bill Hughes (trombone), Marshall Royal (alto sax), Billy Graham (alto sax), Frank Foster (tenor sax), Frank Wess (tenor sax), Charlie Fowlkes (baritone sax), Freddie Green (guitar), Ed Jones (bass), Sonny Payne (drums).

Recorded: New York, July 26, 1955


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

It’s almost May in Paris by the time the song concludes. Basie leads his band through two fake endings until finally bringing the song to its boisterous conclusion. Organist “Wild Bill” Davis contributed the arrangement, but never made it to the recording session. But the organ is not missed and the band swings with authority. Basie hit the pop charts with this now-famous performance, and kept the song in his repertoire for the rest of his career.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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