At Long Last (w/Count Basie Orch.)
with The Count Basie Orchestra directed by Grover Mitchell!
16 Track total.
1. Just In Time
2. Like Someone In Love
3. Willow Weep For Me
4. Lullaby Of Broadway
5. Old Devil Moon
6. Everything Happens To Me
7. I Want To Be A Sideman - (with Gary Foster)
8. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
9. How About You - (with Barry Manilow)
10. The Man That Got Away
11. Seems Like Old Times
12. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
13. It Just Happened To Happen To Me
14. I Got Rhythm
15. Gypsy In My Soul
16. If Swing Goes I Go Too
Full performer name: Rosemary Clooney/Count Basie Orchestra.
Personnel: Rosemary Clooney (vocals); Grover Mitchell (conductor); John Oddo (arranger, piano); Alyn Ferguson, Peter Matz (arranger); Barry Manilow (vocals); John Kelson (alto saxophone, flute); Brad Leali (alto saxophone); Doug Miller (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet); Kenny Hing (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Gary Foster (tenor saxophone); John Williams (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet); Michael Williams, Scotty Barnhart, Shawn Edmonds, Bob Ojeda (trumpet); David Keim, Clarence Banks, Alvin Walker II (trombone); William Hughes (bass trombone); Terence Conley (piano); Will Matthews (guitar); James Leary (bass); Butch Miles (drums).
Producers: John Oddo, Allen Sviridoff, John Burk, Aaron A. Woodard III.
Recorded at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California from November 1997 to June 1998.
Her voice has deepened, matured--she sounds more like a blues singer at times than a "pop" singer--but Rosemary Clooney still has "it." Backed by one of the great jazz big bands, under the direction of trombonist Grover Mitchell, she serves up a piping hot platter of tunes, baked with recipes from The Great American Songbook. And the Basie band still practices its patented easygoing-but-assertive swing with style. The Basie band could make almost anyone sound good--here they don't have to try, as Clooney can carry a torch song with the best of them, sounding like a woman who's been around the block more than a few times. Fans of Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme, as well as those who venerate the standards and big bands, will have a swell time AT LONG LAST.