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Basie and Beyond CD
Quincy Jones-Sammy Nestico Orchestra – Basie and Beyond

Some Count Basie fans might consider the title slightly misleading; although one of the two principals is arranger/composer Sammy Nestico, who was to Basie what Billy Strayhorn was to Duke Ellington, the only truly Basie-related track is a new version of “For Lena and Lennie,” which Quincy Jones wrote for the Count back in the ’60s.

The rest of the album alternates between classic Nestico tunes and resurrected oldies from Jones’s ’50s and ’60s jazz days. The 27-piece big band is an all-star date, mostly featuring West Coast jazzers and session men a generation or two after Basie’s, including flautist Hubert Laws, percussionist Paulinho da Costa, tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts and Charlie Christian-like electric guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr.

The set list is heavy on Nestico’s ballads, and the laid-back arrangements, laden with woodwinds and vibes, tend to glide more often than they swing, but BASIE AND BEYOND is a nice self-tribute to Jones’s and Nestico’s abilities.

Personnel includes: Ernie Watts (saxophone, woodwinds); Kirk Whalum (saxophone); Jerry Hey, Oscar Brashear, Warren Luening (trumpet); Bill Watrous, George Bohannon (trombone); Hubert Laws (flute); Randy Kerber (piano); Greg Phillinganes (electric piano); Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Neil Stubenhaus (electric bass); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).

Producers: Quincy Jones, Sammy Nestico, Jerry Hey.

Composers: Jeremy Lubbock; Quincy Jones; Sammy Nestico.

Tributee: Count Basie.

Personnel: Paul Jackson, Jr. (electric guitar); Dan Higgins, Ernie Watts, Gary Foster, Gerald Albright, Jack Nimitz, Pete Christlieb (woodwinds, saxophone); Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Oscar Brashear, Rick Baptist, Warren Luening, Wayne Bergeron (trumpet); Jerry Folsom, Greg Williams , Brad Warnaar (French horn); George Bohannon, Bill Reichenbach , Reggie Young , Charlie Loper, Bill Watrous (trombone); Tommy Johnson (tuba); Randy Kerber (piano); Greg Phillinganes (electric piano); Emil Richards (vibraphone, percussion); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).

Audio Mixers: Bill Smith ; Steve Genewick; Tommy Vicari.

Liner Note Authors: Quincy Jones; Sammy Nestico.

Recording information: Capitol Studios A And C, Hollywood, CA; NRG Recording, North Hollywood, CA.

Arrangers: Quincy Jones; Sammy Nestico.

Basie and Beyond CD

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