Basie’s Beatle Bag

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So here we have the legendary Count Basie and his Orchestra having a pop at the Lennon-McCartney songbook (as it stood in 1966), released on that quintessential British label Music For Pleasure. I guess even jazz legends needed to do these things to pay the bills sometimes.

What I like about these big band renditions is the way they sound as though Basie had never actually heard the originals. They sound completely unrelated, as though Basie (and arranger Chico O’Farrill) worked from the written score and just re-imagined how those notes and chords were meant to be organised. The only song that sounds even vaguely faithful to the original idea is “Yesterday”, which is also the only track to feature vocals, care of Bill Henderson.

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