Various Artists - The Sound Of Jazz
- Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, from the original 3-track tape
- 200-gram LP plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
- First time gatefold old style tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing with gorgeous photos!
- Featuring "Wild Man Blues" "Dickie's Dream" and more!
"The only reason Classic Records failed to reissue this one back in the 1990s and 2000s is because the reel containing one side had gone missing. For this reissue Sony/BMG located the original 3 track recording from which this stereo record was sourced so it's one generation ahead of the mixed two track master. This tape probably hadn't been played in almost sixty years and so sounds remarkably fresh. ... Analogue Productions reissued this in a tip-on gatefold sleeve with great black and white photos taken at the recording session of Count Basie, Billie Holiday and Ben Webster. A moment in musical time perfectly captured that's easy to recommend for the music, the sound and the packaging. The reissue sound is somewhat drier than the original, which makes it all the more intimate and less dated. A great lacquer cut by Ryan K. Smith." — Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.
For this Analogue Productions reissue we started with the original tape and the best mastering available — Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound did a steller job, and naturally, plating at Quality Record Pressings was handled by master plating technician Gary Salstrom. Our 200-gram QRP platters serve up an utterly noiseless background that lets the superior sonics shine through.
The show's performance of "Fine and Mellow" reunited Billie Holiday with her estranged long-time friend Lester Young for the final time. Jazz critic Nat Hentoff, who was involved in the show, recalled that during rehearsals, they kept to opposite sides of the room. Young was very weak, and Hentoff told him to skip the big band section of the show and that he could sit while performing in the group with Holiday.
During the performance of "Fine and Mellow", Webster played the first solo. "Then", Hentoff remembered: "Lester got up, and he played the purest blues I have ever heard, and [he and Holiday] were looking at each other, their eyes were sort of interlocked, and she was sort of nodding and half-smiling. It was as if they were both remembering what had been — whatever that was. And in the control room we were all crying. When the show was over, they went their separate ways."
Within two years, both Young and Holiday had died.
||–Red Allen All-Stars
||Wild Man Blues
||–Red Allen All-Stars
||–Billie Holiday With Mal Waldron And All Stars
||Fine And Mellow
||–Pee Wee Russell, Jimmy Giuffre, Danny Barker, Jo Jones
||–Count Basie With All-Stars
||I Left My Baby
||–The Jimmy Giuffre Trio
||The Train And The River
||–Count Basie All-Stars