Count Basie and his Orchestra: April In Paris (1955-56) 1997

April in Paris

Track list:

01. April in Paris
02. Corner Pocket
03. Didn’t You?
04. Sweetie Cakes
05. Magic
06. Shiny Stockings
07. What Am I Here For?
08. Midgets
09. Mambo Inn
10. Dinner With Friends
+alternate takes (*not on original LP)
11. April In Paris (alt tk)[*]
12. Corner Pocket (alt tk)[*]
13. Didn’t You (alt tk)[*]
14. Magic (alt tk 1)[*]
15. Magic (alt tk 2)[*]
16. What Am I Here For (alt tk)[*]
17. Midgets (alt tk)[*]


Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Wendell Culley, Reunald Jones – trumpet;
Henry Coker, Benny Powell, Bill Hughes – trombone;
Marshall Royal – alto sax, clarinet;
Bill Graham – alto sax;
Frank Foster – tenor sax, clarinet;
Frank Wess – tenor sax, alto sax, flute, clarinet;
Charlie Fowlkes – baritone sax;
Count Basie – piano;
Freddie Green – guitar;
Eddie Jones – bass;
Sonny Payne – drums;
Jose Mangual, Ubaldo Nieto – percussion (#9)

#8,17: Count Basie Sextet:
Newman (t), Wess (fl), Basie (p), Green (g), Jones (b), Payne (d)

#1-4, 11-13: recorded at Fine Sound, New York City; July 26, 1955
#5-8, 14-17: recorded at Fine Sound, New York City; January 4, 1956
#9,10: recorded at Fine Sound, New York City; January 5, 1956

Released: 1957
Label: Verve
MGV-8012 / V6-8012

521 402-2 [1997]

#1-10 original LP issue: April in Paris Verve MGV 8012
#11-17 are previously unissued takes

Original sessions Producer: Norman Grantz

Cover photography: Herman Leonard

Re-issue supervised by Michael Lang

April in Paris (LP)

One of the staples in the Count Basie discography, April in Paris is one of those rare albums that makes its mark as an almost instant classic in the jazz pantheon.

April in Paris represents the reassembly of the original Count Basie orchestra that define swing in the 1930s and 1940s.

The title track has come to define elegance in orchestral jazz.

Though only ten tracks in its original release, seven alternate takes have now been incorporated into Verve’s re-release of the original session tapes.

Other key tracks include “Corner Pocket” and “Magic,” both of which are also featured in the alternate takes.

Recorded in 1955 and 1956, April in Paris proved Count Basie’s ability to grow through modern jazz changes while keeping the traditional jazz orchestra vital and alive.
~Christopher Fielder []