The Count Basie Orchestra, Grover Mitchell, Count Plays Duke
"The Count Basie Orchestra recently  played the annual Jazz in June series at Ravinia Park near Chicago, and anyone familiar with the long life of the Basie band would have to admit that it hasn't sounded this crackling good in a long time. . .
Butch Miles was grinning from the drum chair. . . Grover Mitchell . . . navigating a course correction in which he is determined to steer the band back to basics. . . We have charts by Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Quincy Jones, Neal Hefti and Ernie Wilkens, who I think was the best of them all. . . To say that a given object of jazz -- a player, a band, an arrangement is stuck in some time
warp is, I suppose just about the worst curse a critic an inflict these days. Well, here's one critic who is here to tell you that stuck is good. . . The decisive test of truth in any artist can be gauged in one simple question: does he belong somewhere or does he not? So, to say that the Count Basie band of this collection is stuck in a '50s sound, as some may whine, is rather like accusing Michelangelo of  being stuck in the Renaissance." John Mcdonough,
Down Beat, Wall Street Journal
  • Ellington Tribute
  • Ellington Medley
  • Grover Mitchell, Conductor

    Scotty Barnhart,
    Mike Williams, Shawn Edmunds Robert Ojedo

    TROMBONES: David Keim,
    Clarence Banks, Alvin Walker, William Hughes.

    REED: Doug Miller, ts, John Williams, bs, Kenny Hing ts, Jackie Kelson as, Brad Leali, as

    PIANO: Terence Conley

    BASS: James Leary

    GUITAR: Will Matthews

    FRANK WESS, soloist
    Arranger;Allyn Ferguson