With the new series "GOOD TIME JAZZ" ACT pays tribute to the glamourous swing era of the 1920's and 30's. And a music that is as lively and captivating now as it was then. On "Basiecally Speaking", legendary rock and jazz drummer, singer, entertainer Pete York joins forces with a team of brillant young players from the modern scene for a new, joyful, entertaining interpretation of the music of Count Basie.
It all goes back to year 1965. Spencer Davis Group was recording a single for the label Phillips Germany after having released its number one hit “Keep on Running”. Alongside the guitarist and a former German teacher Spencer Davis, Steve Winwood and his older brother Muff also the upcoming drummer Pete York was a member of the band. The producer of the session was Siggi Loch. “We’ve been friends ever since,” Pete York, who turned 70 in August, reminisces. “Maybe it is Siggi’s birthday present that I got the chance to release this album on ACT.” The present is called „Basiecally Speaking“. As you might guess due to the title, the album is all about Count Basie. York explains: “Basie was almost my first connection with jazz after Louis Armstrong. When I was 15, my mother took me to see his concert. It was unforgettable, particularly due...line up
Produced by Siggi Loch, Pete York & Torsten Goods
Recorded at Mastermix Studio Munich, September 9 - 12, 2012
Mixed & mastered by Klaus Scheuermann
Cover art by Gert & Uwe Tobias, by permission of the artists