Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Frank Foster - No 'Count

No Freddie Green either, but that's okay ; the four horns carved out from the Count Basie band for this Frank Foster-led date get along just fine with drummer Kenny Clarke, bassist Eddie Jones, and guitarist Kenny Burrell. The set is a companion to Frank Wess' North, South, East...Wess, recorded by the same players at the same sessions. No Count, however, stays closer to Kansas City swing than the Wess release, which attempted, not altogether successfully, to update the sound with some nods to hard bop. Foster's charts provide for lots of interplay and counterpoint between the two trombones and two tenors. This gets around the potential for the similar ranges of the horns to bog down in tonal homogeneity. The natural, yet sophisticated, blues-based swing players spin out long, masterful lines. Trombonists Henry Coker and Bennie Powell are most effective in supporting roles. The rhythm section is what makes this date, though. The poised Clarke balances the blues feeling of the arrangements with a cool bopping, cymbal-driven pulse. Jones, too, is effective, even if he is a bit far down in the mix. Then there's Burrell, who pretty much steals the show, covering for the absent Count and Basie guitarist Freddie Green with some of the finest rhythm work to be heard anywhere. À la the Count, he also takes the occasional brief but impressive solo.
Jim Todd

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dnfixqlgld0e

Frank Foster
No 'Count


1 Stop Gap (Foster)  6:01
2 Excursion (Foster)  5:13
3 Casa de Marcel (Daniels, Foster)  6:31
4 Apron Strings (Foster)  3:35
5 Alternative (Foster)  8:56
6 Serenata (Anderson)  4:52


Frank Foster - ts
Frank Wess - ts & fl
Bennie Powell - tb
Henry Coker - tb
Kenny Burrell - g
Eddie Jones - b
Kenny Clarke - dr

Recorded on March 5, 1956 [# 1, 5 & 6] ; & March 7, 1956 [# 2-4]


yewsta said...

Thanks a lot, mel.

Blue Eyes said...

Superb album ! Many thanks Melanchthon!

Pippo said...

Thank you Melanchthon, splendid groovy stuff.

grumpy said...

Many thanks, great album.

justjack said...

Frank and Frank, plus a solid rhythm section. Thank you!

Orbyt said...

This is such a great session! Highly recommended.

BlueNote97 said...


I will take the TWO FRANKS for a while. Thank you very much. Have a good time and a nice day.

Baron said...

Thanks for No Count ... Baron

jazzcat1228 said...

Excellent! Thank you!

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Love North, South, East ....Wess.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...



Anonymous said...

right on, mel. i've noticed this longtime appropriating of your work.

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

Looking forward to hearing this "Count-less" album. It's also another Burrell album for the jazz guitar collection. Thank you very much!

Philo said...

New to me! I'm enjoying the music. Thanks Mel.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon