Friday, December 17, 2010

Count Basie Trio - For the First Time

Throughout his career, Count Basie was modest about his own abilities as a pianist, and his success at streamlining his style to the bare essentials often made listeners underrate his playing talents. This 1974 session was a rarity, an opportunity for Basie to be featured in a trio setting (with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson), during which he provides enough variety to hold one's interest and enough technique to lead many to reassess his piano skills. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Ray Brown's bass just dominates this set, and Basie never sounded better on the piano or organ then in this trio setting. Bellson is great too, swinging with brushes and cymbals. But anyone even remotely a fan of Ray Brown should snap this up right now! - by Luke,

Artist: Count Basie Trio
Album: For the First Time
Year: 1974
Label: Pablo
Total time: 55:52

1.  Baby Lawrence (Count Basie) 3:14
2.  Pres (Count Basie) 3:28
3.  I'll Always Be In Love With You (Bud Green/Herman Ruby/Sam H. Stept) 5:56
4.  Blues In The Church (Count Basie) 5:01
5.  O Lady Be Good (Concept 1) (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 5:32
6.  O Lady Be Good (Concept 2) (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 3:59
7.  Blues In The Alley (Count Basie) 6:44
8.  As Long As I Live (Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler) 3:34
9.  Song Of The Islands (Charles King E.) 4:53
10.  Royal Garden Blues (Clarence Williams/Spencer Williams) 4:29
11.  (Un)Easy Does It (Sy Oliver/Trummy Young) 4:09
12.  O.P. (Count Basie) 4:49

Count Basie (Piano)
Ray Brown (Double Bass)
Louis Bellson (Drums)


  1. Thank you for the great share itr, and have a very nice holiday season.

  2. Phenomenal! I stumbled upon these "Count Basie Trio" numbers on YouTube ... and was floored! After hearing 6 tracks, I just HAD to know who the bass player was. And thanks to you, I now know it's Ray Brown.

    I have to say, I never in a million years would have guessed that Basie could play piano so deliciously...and I never knew he could swing this way. I always associated him with "big band" cornball sounds. (I know, I ignorance shows. But.) Anyway, by the time I hit the 4th "Count Basie Trio" track on YouTube, I found myself mumbling "Damn! This sh*t ROCKS!" over and over to myself.

    Dancing in my seat, snapping my fingers, lost in the sheer tastefulness of the Basie/Brown/Bellson groove. Or...should I say "Basie/Brown/Bellson beat," to keep my alliteration together?

    Anyway, thanks for your blog, and for this article. Many thanks, truly.

  3. I totally agree with you. These guys were fantastic together.



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