Joe Newman

The Complete Joe Newman RCA-Victor Recordings (1955-1956): "The Basie Days"

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Trumpeter Joe Newman, best-known for his playing with Count Basie's Orchestra, led four albums for RCA during 1955-1956. This generous two-CD set reissues all the music from these dates, and has plenty of swinging performances. The first disc puts the focus on Newman and tenor saxophonist Al Cohn in a pair of octets with arrangements by Ernie Wilkins, Manny Albam, and Cohn. The second disc starts out with a tribute to Louis Armstrong, a dozen of Satch'"s songs modernized for a big band; Newman takes a few rare vocals. The final session matches Newman with flutist Frank Wess in a two-guitar septet arranged by Wilkins. While most of the other two-fers in this French RCA Jazz Tribune series are reissues of earlier two-LP sets, this one was newly compiled and has 48 splendid examples of Basie-ish swing. Highly recommended.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:41
2 2:34
3 3:14
4 3:35
5 2:29
6 3:23
7 3:28
8 2:41
9 3:06
10 2:55
11 3:08
12 2:28
13 2:47
14 3:33
15 2:41
16 3:04
17 2:46
18 3:11
19 2:41
20 3:51
21 2:50
22 3:19
23 3:15
24 3:38
25 2:35
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