April in Paris (album)

April in Paris is an album by pianist/bandleader Count Basie and His Orchestra, his first released on the Verve label, recorded in 1955 and 1956.[1][2][3][4]

April in Paris
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Studio album by
Released1957
RecordedJuly 26, 1955 and January 4 & 5, 1956
Fine Sound, New York City
GenreJazz
Length73:45 CD reissue with bonus tracks
LabelVerve
MGV 8012
ProducerNorman Granz
Count Basie chronology
Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings
(1955)
April in Paris
(1957)
The Greatest!! Count Basie Plays, Joe Williams Sings Standards
(1956)

The title track was included in the soundtrack of the 2008 video game release Grand Theft Auto IV on the fictitious in-game jazz music radio station "JNR 108.5 (Jazz Nation Radio)".

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide     [6]
Penguin Guide to Jazz    [7]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [8]

AllMusic awarded the album 5 stars calling it "one of those rare albums that makes its mark as an almost instant classic in the jazz pantheon" and noting "April in Paris proved Count Basie's ability to grow through modern jazz changes while keeping the traditional jazz orchestra vital and alive".[5] The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide said it was "a commercial high point for this outfit".[6] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars stating "April in Paris is typical Basie fare of the period: bustling charts, leathery solos and pinpoint timing".[7]

Track listingEdit

  1. "April in Paris" (Vernon Duke, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg) – 3:47
  2. "Corner Pocket" (Freddie Green) – 5:15
  3. "Didn't You?" (Frank Foster) – 4:43
  4. "Sweetie Cakes" (Ernest Brooks "Ernie" Wilkins) – 3:58
  5. "Magic" (Frank Wess) – 3:06
  6. "Shiny Stockings" (Frank Foster)  – 5:14
  7. "What Am I Here For" (Duke Ellington, Frankie Laine)  – 3:19
  8. "Midgets" (Joe Newman) – 3:13
  9. "Mambo Inn" (Mario Bauzá, Edgar Melvin Sampson, Bobby Woodlen) – 3:23
  10. "Dinner with Friends" (Neal Hefti) – 3:05
  11. "April In Paris" [2nd Take] (Duke, Harburg) - 3:45 Bonus track on CD reissue
  12. "Corner Pocket" [2nd Take] (Green) - 4:59 Bonus track on CD reissue
  13. "Didn't You?" [3rd Take] (Foster) - 4:50 Bonus track on CD reissue
  14. "Magic" [1st Take] (Wess) - 3:42 Bonus track on CD reissue
  15. "Magic" [2nd Take] (Wess) - 3:50 Bonus track on CD reissue
  16. "What Am I Here For?" [1st Take] (Ellington) - 4:06 Bonus track on CD reissue
  17. "Midgets" [4th Take] (Newman) - 3:11 Bonus track on CD reissue
  • Recorded at Fine Sound in New York City on July 26, 1955 (tracks 1-4 and 11–13), January 4, 1956 (track 5-8 and 14–17) and January 5, 1956 (tracks 9 and 10)

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Edwards, D. & Callahan, M. Discography of the Verve, Clef, Down Home and Norgran Labels, accessed November 20, 2015
  2. ^ Kitora, R., Count Basie Discography, accessed November 20, 2015
  3. ^ Verve Records Catalog: 8000 series, accessed November 20, 2015
  4. ^ Big Band Paradise, accessed November 20, 2015
  5. ^ a b Fielder, Christopher. April in Paris – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 20. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  7. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.