Caterina Valente

Caterina Valente and the Count Basie Orchestra

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This CD reissue dates from Thad Jones' single year of leadership of the Count Basie Orchestra before his health began to fail. Caterina Valente (best known as a pop singer) has a warm voice and sounds comfortable singing in a jazz-influenced middle-of-the-road style. There is little improvisation on the date and Thad Jones' arrangements leave surprisingly little space for solos; his only appearance on cornet is on "Solitude." The Basie orchestra sounds enthusiastic but is mostly restricted to ensemble and backup work, making this a dispensable and purely historic item.