A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas

The Count Basie Orchestra
Release date : Nov. 06, 2015
Label : Concord Jazz

Coinciding with celebrating its 80th anniversary, the legendary Count Basie Orchestra continues to make music history with the November 6th, 2015 release on Concord Records of 'A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas!' The first full-length, yuletide album in the expansive Basie discography, the album boasts classic holiday songs, rendered in quintessential Basie style, under the masterful direction of longtime Basie trumpeter Scotty Barnhart and produced by seven-time Grammy winner and former Basie drummer Gregg Field. The disc also showcases such guest artists as legendary singer Johnny Mathis, award-winning R&B singer Ledisi, veteran jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, and iconic tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson (famous for being the soloist on Henry Mancini’s “The Pink Panther Theme”). The album also represents the return of the multi-Grammy winning Basie composer-arranger Sammy Nestico and the 2015 multi-Grammy winning arranger Gordon Goodwin. The results are blues-soaked, joy-filled holiday treats that will delight and warm the hearts of Basie die-hard fans and new fans alike!

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A Swingin’ Christmas

Tony Bennett featuring The Count Basie Orchestra
Release date : Nov. 10, 2008

The album tracks are 'The Christmas Song', 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', 'I'll Be Home for Christmas, 'Winter Wonderland', 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town', 'Christmas Time is Here', 'My Favorite Things', 'The Christmas Waltz', 'Christmas Auld Lang Syne', 'Silver Bells' and 'Christmas Tree'.

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Swinging, Singing, Playing

Count Basie Orchestra
Release date : Sept. 28, 2009
Label : Mack Avenue

A salute to such jazz titans as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Freddie Hubbard and John Coltrane, in addition to such living legends as Bennett, Quincy Jones. Former Count Basie trombonist Dennis Wilson, takes over the reins of the big band as an arranger for this album which features three appearances by Manhattan Transfer vocalist Janis Siegel and two from Nnenna Freelon. Jamie Cullum and Jon Hendricks also get spotlight cameos. There are instrumentals as well, and pianist Geri Allen, Hank Jones, Curtis Fuller and Rufus Reid.

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