SAMMY DAVIS COUNT BASIE our shining hour

"Our Shining Hour" - Sammy Davis (voc, tap-dancing); Quincy Jones (arr); Count Basie (p); and the Count Basie Big Band Twenty-five years are a long time, for sure - but that’s just how long it took for these two giants of American show business to get together in the studio. Although they had appeared together many times on the stage, it was Quincy Jones’s brilliant arrangements that really brought them to the Verve Studio in the summer of 1974. Bill Basie, who was known as 'The Count', and the singer and tap dancer Sammy Davis both had considerable experience behind them, having appeared in numerous shows from Broadway to Las Vegas, from musical to movie. Unfortunately for us, no video or DVD exists of this recording session but even 40 years later the music reveals that the two must have felt completely at ease in the studio. Better than with either Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra, the relaxed swing of Sammy Davis, probably the ugliest singer in the whole of show business, harmonized better with what is probably the lightest of all swinging big bands found between the east and west coasts of the USA. A few assertive notes on the keyboard and the band begins to swing; a snap of the fingers and Sammy Davis’s whole body begins to swing. Just listen to the "New York City Blues" for a wonderful example. In "You’re Nobody…" listen to the voice melting with the band as though it were a musical instrument. "She’s A Woman" is first-class entertainment and the tap dancing in "Bill Basie’s…" is quite unsurpassed. This record certainly offers a couple of surprises, and to enjoy them an audio version is quite sufficient. Even without visual accompaniment, this musical offering by Sammy Davis and Count Basie with arrangements by Quincy Jones is sheer delight! Recording: August and September 1964 in New York City by Val Valentin Production: Jim Davis Track Listings 1. My Shining Hour 2. Teach Me Tonight 3. Work Song 4. Why Try To Change Me Now 5. Blues For Mr. Charlie 6. April In Paris 7. New York City Blues 8. You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You 9. She's A Woman (W-O-M-A-N) 10. The Girl From Ipanema 11. Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now 12. Bill Basie Won't You Please Come Home

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"Our Shining Hour" - Sammy Davis (voc, tap-dancing); Quincy Jones (arr); Count Basie (p); and the Count Basie Big Band Twenty-five years are a long time, for sure - but that’s just how long it took for these two giants of American show business to get together in the studio. Although they had appeared together many times on the stage, it was Quincy Jones’s brilliant arrangements that really brought them to the Verve Studio in the summer of 1974. Bill Basie, who was known as 'The Count', and the singer and tap dancer Sammy Davis both had considerable experience behind them, having appeared in numerous shows from Broadway to Las Vegas, from musical to movie. Unfortunately for us, no video or DVD exists of this recording session but even 40 years later the music reveals that the two must have felt completely at ease in the studio. Better than with either Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra, the relaxed swing of Sammy Davis, probably the ugliest singer in the whole of show business, harmonized better with what is probably the lightest of all swinging big bands found between the east and west coasts of the USA. A few assertive notes on the keyboard and the band begins to swing; a snap of the fingers and Sammy Davis’s whole body begins to swing. Just listen to the "New York City Blues" for a wonderful example. In "You’re Nobody…" listen to the voice melting with the band as though it were a musical instrument. "She’s A Woman" is first-class entertainment and the tap dancing in "Bill Basie’s…" is quite unsurpassed. This record certainly offers a couple of surprises, and to enjoy them an audio version is quite sufficient. Even without visual accompaniment, this musical offering by Sammy Davis and Count Basie with arrangements by Quincy Jones is sheer delight! Recording: August and September 1964 in New York City by Val Valentin Production: Jim Davis Track Listings 1. My Shining Hour 2. Teach Me Tonight 3. Work Song 4. Why Try To Change Me Now 5. Blues For Mr. Charlie 6. April In Paris 7. New York City Blues 8. You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You 9. She's A Woman (W-O-M-A-N) 10. The Girl From Ipanema 11. Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now 12. Bill Basie Won't You Please Come Home

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