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Frank Sinatra + Count Basie, “The Best is Yet To Come” from Ultimate Sinatra (2015)

Frank Sinatra + Count Basie, “The Best is Yet To Come” from Ultimate Sinatra (2015)

A highlight of ‘Ultimate Sinatra,’ everything is in place on Frank Sinatra’s Count Basie collaboration “Best is Yet to Come.” And then it surprises you.

Jimmy Rushing, “Good Morning Blues” (1937): One Track Mind

Sometimes, you’ve simply got to talk back to the blues. That’s what happened to Jimmy Rushing, appearing here with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Frank Wess – Magic 101 (2013)

Though somewhat less distinctive in his moment than Frank Foster, reedman Frank Wess has outlived his late long-time partner in the Count Basie Band — and that’s provided an opportunity to reassess his contributions, in particular on the flute.

Gimme Five: Christmas music for people who are sick of Christmas music

By now, you’ve probably had just enough of the same old holly jolly stuff. Mark Saleski is here to help with some suggestions from off the beaten path …

Tony Bennett – The Classic Christmas Album (2011)

Tony Bennett’s warm, inviting delivery would seem perfectly suited to seasonal music — and it is.

Movies: Jean Bach – A Great Day in Harlem (1994)

New York City circa 1958, for the jazz aficionado, was the place to be. Possibly no other artifact can confirm this statement with more clarity than photographer Art Kane’s landmark portrait A Great Day in Harlem.

Gimme Five: Chico Hamilton on Lester Young, Lena Horne, Gerry Mulligan, others

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to jazz drummer Chico Hamilton.

One Track Mind: Frank Sinatra and Count Basie, "The Best Is Yet To Come" (1964)

The crashing brilliance of “The Best Is Yet To Come,” courtesy of Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie band, came to mind on this, the fifth anniversary of Something Else! Reviews.

Half Notes: Count Basie – Kansas City 3: For the Second Time (1975)

Those looking to get a groove going inside Count Basie’s sprawling, soul-deep catalogue should start with his 1970s stuff — where, more often than not, you find Basie in accessible, small-group settings. Here’s my favorite, a trio recording originally issued by Pablo that was reissued in 2006. I immediately connected with a session that also features bassist Ray Brown andRead More

Forgotten series: Nat ‘King" Cole – Welcome to the Club (1959)

Forgotten series: Nat ‘King" Cole – Welcome to the Club (1959)

The King has been dead for nearly a half century. Not that you’d know it with all the reissues, television specials and creepy rip offs from Nat Cole’s daughter over the last pair of decades. He’s funny that way. Cole has had more output over that period than many living jazzers, and he’s brought more surprises — this album (sinceRead More