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April in Paris [UK Import] Import

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Page Artiste Count Basie

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  • CD (1 décembre 1994)
  • Format : Import
  • Label: Castle Music
  • ASIN : B000024FXI
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very difficult to review. 4 juillet 2001
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Format: CD
I had a very tough time trying to decide how to rate this. On the one hand, it's something of a jazz classic, and probably the most famous of Basie's albums. On the other hand, the album is not his best. I've owned this album for a while, and although I have more Basie CDs than anything else, I just don't listen to this one that much.
For one thing, only the title track is really essential. I love "Shiny Stockings," but there is a much better version on "Basie in London." Some other favorites ("Corner Pocket," Sweetie Cakes") sound much better on the live "Corner Pocket" album. If you are a big Basie fan, I suggest you check out a few of the live albums, as Basie is ALWAYS better live. If you're a part-time jazz fan, or want an introduction, this may be for you.
To sum it up, I guess I'd say this. If you don't know Basie, this is a good place to start. If you DO know Basie, and still don't have this CD, you probably would be disappointed. I would rate this closer to 3 stars, but it does have appeal to new fans.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good outtakes 18 décembre 2001
Par Hank Schwab - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
This is one of the few discs where the outtakes are worthwhile. Usually, the differences are minor, and often I have trouble distinguishing one take from another. But here, they reveal Basie's re-working of some of the cuts at a basic level. The three takes of "Magic", for example, display radically different approaches to the piano intro. Of course, even without the outtakes, this is one of the highpoints of Basie's career anyway.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "One More Once!" 8 juin 2001
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Format: CD
April in Paris is one of those CDs you just never get tired of; like many jazz hallmarks, it invites, insists on repeat play. From the shimmering fountain of brass at the start of the famous "April in Paris" through the last scream of the Neal Hefti's jumping "Dinner with Friends," it's just irresistible fun. Standouts include Basie's trickling notes in the smooth vamp of "Sweetie Cakes;" Thad Jones' and Joe Newman's trumpets on "Corner Pocket" (the former quoting "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White," no less!); the conga-lining, hip-slinging pep of "Mambo Inn," in a dynamic arrangement; the dizzying and hilarious melody of "Midgets;" and Frank Foster's bluesy "Magic," which should have become a standard. This, along with the Atomic Swing CD, is Basie New Testament at its best. Enhancing things is the addition of some wonderful alternate takes, which include a less-than-stellar "Midgets," "April in Paris" with a trumpet in front of the band, and count 'em--TWO different takes of "Magic." The fun thing is that there must have been some dispute over the speed, because of the three versions on this disc, each has a distinctly different tempo, decreasing in speed each time. Also, Basie's opening solos become more intricate with each take. No version is better or worse; in fact, they complement each other. The remastered sound on the disc is excellent; the band sounds full, robust, and lively, and the solos fly straight into your face. Verve hit a homer with this one, and it's definitely worth a listen.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sound quality is extraordinary. Basie is Basie! 25 mai 1999
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Format: CD
Basie's "April in Paris" is probably my favorite instrumental. When I saw that it was on a regular cd and also a gold disc I wasn't sure that the gold would be worth the extra bread. Bought the gold and boy is it worth it! The sound reproduction is so accurate that you are with the band in the studio. "April in Paris" rocks with soaring trumpet solos and an arrangement of considerable wit. "Corner Pocket", another Basie standard swings easily, yet also shows the tightness of the Basie ensemble. "Shiny Stockings" and "What Am I Here For" are also sweet, swinging cool tunes. From beginning to end this album is chock full of Basie's coolness, humor and brashness. It's a band that doesn't say excuse me to anybody.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "One more time!" 28 novembre 1999
Par Don O. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
Count Basie's call for "One more time!" on Vernon Duke's "April in Paris" makes you want to utter the same words as the band finally concludes the song in a grand ending. The tune was arranged by organist Wild Bill Davis and under Basie's guidance, April in Paris swings. The album also includes the Freddie Green number, "Corner Pocket" and other notable numbers such as "Shiny Stockings", "Didn't You", and "What Am I Here For?"
Basie's sparse but effective piano playing is evident in this album. His introduction to "Corner Pocket" and Duke Ellington's "What Am I Here For" are examples of how one can be at the right time and at the right place. The piano never overpowers and yet binds the reeds, horns, and the rhythm section into a tight ensemble.
It is interesting to note that the trio of Lambert, Hendricks, and Bavan recorded a "live" version of April in Paris at Basin Street East in the early 60's. The trio paraphrased the original trumpet and reed solos with vocalese. They also did a Basie-like treatment of "Shiny Stockings". In a similar fashion, the vocal group Manhattan Transfer reprised Corner Pocket more than twenty-five years later under the title "Until I Met You" (see their album, 'Mecca for Moderns'). Like Lambert and Co. before them, Manhattan Transfer sang words to the original trumpet and saxophone solos. This wasn't the first time, though, that Corner Pocket had been recorded under the title Until I Met You. Tony Bennett recorded the song several years before Manhattan Transfer did.
With swing currently enjoying a revival of sorts, "April in Paris" and other Count Basie recordings become more than ever an important model from which young arrangers and big band players can learn. For the rest of us who love a swing or two, this album is a must. Go get it now.
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