Sunday, January 26, 2014
Count Basie & His Orchestra Green Onions B/W Hang On Sloopy Brunswick 1967
Couldn't resist this one, latter era Basie doing some soul sides. Not really familiar with this era of Basie. He had several successful phases when Jazz was a dominant musical form. In the 70's near the end of his career he cut some enjoyable albums for Pablo that are loose, but still very much Jazz.
This is very cool, though. Jazz Soul with Basie throwing in big band elements. The horns scream and there's a nifty beatnik bass line on "Green Onions". "Hang On Sloopy," is another uptempo side with some jazz flute thrown in there to give it a 60's jazz sound. It's all funky without being funk, soulful without crossing over.
Hang On Sloopy