Count Basie's small group dates of the 1940s are saluted on this delightful set from a strong octet comprised of leader/trumpeter Randy Sandke, trombonist Dan Barrett, Brian Oglivie (on clarinet, alto and tenor), Basie alumnus Billy Mitchell on tenor, pianist Mark Shane, guitarist James Chirillo, bassist Bob Haggart and drummer Joe Ascione. It is particularly rewarding to hear the veteran Mitchell in this setting. The arrangements (by Sandke and Harry Tibbs) fit the music well, and the live concert is enthusiastically received. Among the ten tunes swung are "Down for Double," "Shoe Shine Boy," "Lester Leaps In" and, of course, "One O'Clock Jump."
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow