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Count Basie - Basie Meets Bond (1966)

01. 007 
02. The Golden Horn 
03. Girl Trouble 
04. Kingston Calypso 
05. Goldfinger 
06. Thunderball 
07. From Russia With Love 
08. Dr. No's Fantasy 
09. Underneath the Mango Tree 
10. The James Bond Theme 
11. Dr. No's Fantasy [First Version] 

Count Basie - Piano
Al Aarons - Trumpet
Henderson Chambers - Trombone
George Cohn - Trumpet
Wallace Davenport - Trumpet
Eric Dixon - Sax (Tenor)
Freddie Green - Guitar
Al Grey 	- Trombone
Bill Hughes - Trombone
Norman Keenan - Bass
Grover Mitchell - Trombone
Sonny Payne - Drums
Marshall Royal - Sax (Alto)


This campy LP from the 1960s features the Count Basie Orchestra playing ten themes from four early James Bond movies, with arrangements by either Chico O'Farrill or George Williams. While it seems doubtful that Basie added any of this music to his regular band repertoire, his band does its best to do justice to the arrangements. The somewhat monotonous "007" is converted into a dramatic calypso, while "The Golden Horn" is straight-ahead swing and might surprise someone who hadn't seen the film From Russia With Love. But most Basie fans will want to know how the band handled the best-known themes. "Goldfinger" is given a low-key but swinging treatment that has a fine solo by Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, while the foot-patting treatment of "Thunderball" focuses on Marshall Royal's soulful alto sax and a typically sparse Basie solo. This long out of print record is unlikely to resurface as a CD reissue and it can be safely bypassed by most jazz fans, but Basie devotees who have a fondness for the earliest James Bond films (Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, and Thunderball) might find this surprising LP worth the investment -- if they can only locate a copy. ---Ken Dryden, Rovi

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