Big Joe Turner's first of many albums for Pablo was recorded in the spring of 1972, when the 60-year-old blues singer toured Europe with the Count Basie Orchestra; this set has music from two concerts. Turner's repertoire offered few surprises at that late date (he mostly performs remakes of earlier hits), but his interplay with the Basie big band makes this set somewhat special. Among the soloists heard from are tenors Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Jimmy Forrest, trumpeter Pete Minger, altoist Curtis Peagler, and trombonist Al Grey, along with Basie himself. Easily recommended to Big Joe Turner fans and a rare opportunity for him to be heard fronting a solid big band.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow