Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Budd Johnson (tenor & baritone saxophone); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Freddie Green (guitar); John Clayton (bass); Gus Johnson (drums).
Recorded at Las Vegas Recording Studios, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 4, 1979. Includes original liner notes by Norman Granz.
Unlike the various Kansas City groups that Basie spearheaded, the Kansas City 8 is the only ensemble where all of the musicians were at one time or another part of Basie's small or large bands. It also represents a spectrum of ages. GET TOGETHER lets us hear the Count's right-hand man, all-around jazz veteran Freddie Green, as well as bassist John Clayton, then a young lion. Most notably, we hear underestimated and sadly overlooked tenor man Budd Johnson, known to players in Basie's era as a crFme de la crFme improviser.
The group shines on "Ode to Pres," where trumpeter Clark Terry plays a bebop-inflected, harmon-muted solo over a 12-bar blues, while the rest of the band sits out. Johnson never received the public accolades afforded to contemporaries such as Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins, so it's a pleasure to hear him here. On "Swinging on the Cusp," Johnson plays a lyrical and rhythmically diverse baritone solo that leaves little room for development even by the likes of Eddie Davis or Basie himself.

Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Budd Johnson (tenor & baritone saxophone); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Freddie Green (guitar); John Clayton (bass); Gus Johnson (drums).
Recorded at Las Vegas Recording Studios, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 4, 1979. Includes original liner notes by Norman Granz.
Unlike the various Kansas City groups that Basie spearheaded, the Kansas City 8 is the only ensemble where all of the musicians were at one time or another part of Basie's small or large bands. It also represents a spectrum of ages. GET TOGETHER lets us hear the Count's right-hand man, all-around jazz veteran Freddie Green, as well as bassist John Clayton, then a young lion. Most notably, we hear underestimated and sadly overlooked tenor man Budd Johnson, known to players in Basie's era as a crFme de la crFme improviser.
The group shines on "Ode to Pres," where trumpeter Clark Terry plays a bebop-inflected, harmon-muted solo over a 12-bar blues, while the rest of the band sits out. Johnson never received the public accolades afforded to contemporaries such as Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins, so it's a pleasure to hear him here. On "Swinging on the Cusp," Johnson plays a lyrical and rhythmically diverse baritone solo that leaves little room for development even by the likes of Eddie Davis or Basie himself.

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Personnel: Count Basie (piano); Budd Johnson (tenor & baritone saxophone); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Freddie Green (guitar); John Clayton (bass); Gus Johnson (drums).Recorded at Las Vegas Recordi
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